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The Advocate - Archived Articles

The Advocate provides periodic updates on TCEQ rules, including information about compliance and regulatory concerns affecting small businesses and local governments. TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section produces the newsletter. This page is a collection of previously published articles.

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2021 Articles

Virtual Public Hearing on the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Exit the TCEQ

November 2021 – TCEQ is hosting a virtual public hearing on November 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. to receive comments on actions the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP) should take to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution.

2020 Articles

Free Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Compliance Webinars Exit the TCEQ

July 2020 - TCEQ is hosting FREE webinars for underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators to explain UST reporting and record-keeping requirements.

Free Compliance Workshops for Transient Noncommunity Public Water Systems Exit the TCEQ

February 2020 - TCEQ is offering a FREE workshop for owners and operators of transient noncommunity (TNC) public water systems (PWS).

Free Webinar: Alkalinity Testing for WWTP Process Control Exit the TCEQ

January 2020 – The EPA is conducting a free webinar on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from noon to 2:00 PM CST.

Tier II Chemical Reporting for 2019 has Begun! Exit the TCEQ

January 2020 - Tier II annual reports for 2019 are now being accepted.

2019 Articles

Free Compliance Workshops for Transient Noncommunity Public Water Systems (PWS) Exit the TCEQ

December 2019 - TCEQ is offering a FREE workshop for owners and operators of transient noncommunity (TNC) public water systems (PWS).

Free Workshops on Developing a Nitrification Action Plan (NAP) Exit the TCEQ

November 2019 - TCEQ is offering FREE workshops for public water systems that use chloramines for disinfection.

Administrative Updates to the Sludge Rule: Comment Period and Public Meeting Exit the TCEQ

October 2019 - TCEQ seeks public comments on the proposed amended rules for the use, disposal, and transportation of sludge.

TCEQ Oil and Gas Industry Emission Event Workshop Exit the TCEQ

October 2019 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering a FREE workshop to the oil and gas industry on how to properly evaluate and report emission events.

Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for the Renewal of the Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit No. TXR050000 Exit the TCEQ

October 2019 – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has begun the renewal process for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial facilities, TXR050000, which expires on Aug. 14, 2021.

UST Facility Class A and B Operator Training due January 2020 Exit the TCEQ

September 2019 – Certified Class A and B Underground Storage Tank (UST) operators must be retrained by January 1, 2020, by completing an Operator Training Course which was approved by TCEQ after April 1, 2018.

Oil and Gas Discharge Delegation Stakeholder Meeting Exit the TCEQ

August 2019 – You are invited to a stakeholder meeting to discuss TCEQ’s activities and schedule for implementing House Bill 2771 (86th Legislature, 2019).

TCEQ to Host 2019 Autumn Environmental Conference & Expo Exit the TCEQ

August 2019 – TCEQ to Host Second Autumn Environmental Conference & Expo.

TCEQ Adopts Renewal of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation General Permit (TXG920000)Exit the TCEQ

July 2019 - On June 26, 2019, TCEQ Commissioners renewed the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) General Permit, which authorizes the discharge of manure, sludge, and wastewater from a CAFO into or adjacent to water in the state; only during chronic rainfall or catastrophic conditions.

Stormwater Small (Phase II) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit (TXR040000) Renewal Period EndingExit the TCEQ

July 2019 – TCEQ Commissioners renewed the general permit to authorize stormwater discharges from small MS4s in the state on January 24, 2019. 

Beneficial Reuse of Treated Wastewater: Rulemaking Comment Period and Public MeetingExit the TCEQ

June 2019 - TCEQ seeks public comments on the proposed amended rules for the beneficial reuse of treated wastewater.

Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshop – WacoExit the TCEQ

May 2019 - It’s not too late for owners and operators of Phase II MS4s to register to attend a free workshop! There are still seats available in Waco.

EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference: Save the Date and Call for PresentationsExit the TCEQ

May 2019 – EPA Region 6, along with the states within Region 6, will host the 21st Annual Stormwater Conference from July 28, 2019 through August 1, 2019 in Denton, Texas.

Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshops – Houston & WacoExit the TCEQ

April 2019 – It’s not too late for owners and operators of Phase II MS4s to register to attend a free workshop! 

Last Chance for Early Pricing at 2019 ETFCExit the TCEQ

April 2019 - Early Registration for the 2019 Environmental Trade Fair & Conference ends Friday, April 5.

2018 Articles

Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in EdinburgExit the TCEQ

November 2018 - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a financial assistance workshop in Edinburg, Texas, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit Sampling Results to be Submitted ElectronicallyExit the TCEQ

November 2018 - Multi-Sector General Permits (MSGPs), commonly referred to as Industrial Stormwater Permits, must now submit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) electronically using the NetDMR system.

UST Operator Training courses now available on TCEQ WebsiteExit the TCEQ

October 2018 - New Class A and Class B operator training providers are now available.

Stormwater Construction General Permit (TXR150000) Electronic Filing RequiredExit the TCEQ

September 2018 - Effective Sept. 1, 2018, applicants seeking authorization or termination under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Construction General Permit (TXR150000) must submit the Notice of Intent (NOI) or Notice of Termination (NOT) electronically using the online e-permitting system (STEERS).

New Municipal Solid Waste Application ChecklistExit the TCEQ

August 2018 - A new electronic checklist is available to assist customers with completing MSW applications.

Renewal of the Small (Phase II) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit, TXR040000Exit the TCEQ

August 2018 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is in the process of renewing the 2013 Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) general permit for small MS4s, TXR040000, which expires on December 13, 2018.

TCEQ to Host First Annual Autumn Environmental Conference & ExpoExit the TCEQ

August 2018 - Wastewater/Stormwater Permitting sessions held October 10 – 11, 2018.

TCEQ to Host First Annual Autumn Environmental Conference & ExpoExit the TCEQ

August 2018 - TCEQ to Host First Annual Autumn Environmental Conference & Expo.

Stage II Vapor Recovery Equipment Decommissioning deadline is Aug 31, 2018Exit the TCEQ

August 2018 – All Stage II vapor recovery equipment must be decommissioned at all gasoline dispensing facilities in ozone non-attainment counties no later than Aug. 31, 2018.

“Our Water, Our Future: Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptive Management for Improved Stormwater Quality”Exit the TCEQ

June 2018 - EPA Region 6 and the Conference Planning Committee would like to invite all water professionals to participate at the 20th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19-23, 2018.

Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) for MSGP Stormwater PermitteesExit the TCEQ

June 2018 - Starting Sept. 1, 2018, Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) must be submitted electronically using the NetDMR system, unless the permittee requests and obtains an electronic reporting waiver.

Dry Cleaner Advisory Committee VacancyExit the TCEQ

May 2018 - The Dry Cleaner Advisory Committee advises the TCEQ on implementing the Dry Cleaner Environmental Remediation Program.

Texas Water Development Board: Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Beeville on June 5Exit the TCEQ

May 2018 - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a financial assistance workshop in Beeville, Texas, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

TCEQ Adopts Revisions to the Petroleum Storage Tank RulesExit the TCEQ

May 2018 – On May 9, 2018, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334, Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks.

2017 Articles

TCEQ Seeks Stakeholder Input on Upcoming Rulemaking Related to Backflow Prevention Methods and DevicesExit the TCEQ

December 2017 - The TCEQ will conduct stakeholder meetings across the state in January to solicit informal comments on rulemaking for 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 344, Subchapter F, Landscape Irrigation - Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection.

Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds Project Priority Invitation State Fiscal Year 2019Exit the TCEQ

December 2017 - The Texas Water Development Board is currently requesting information for projects to be funded in the upcoming fiscal year’s State Revolving Fund programs’ Intended Use Plans.

Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Edinburg on December 12Exit the TCEQ

November 2017 - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a financial assistance workshop in Edinburg, Texas, on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

TCEQ Seeks Comments on Rules Proposed to Consolidate Public Notices for Certain Case-by-Case Air Permit ApplicationsExit the TCEQ

November 2017 – On Nov. 15, 2017, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of proposed rules on consolidated public notice for certain air permits.

New Online Reporting Tool for the Regulatory Assessment FeeExit the TCEQ

November 2017 – Online reporting to collect assessment fees from retail customers.

Upcoming Disaster-Recovery Financial Assistance WorkshopsExit the TCEQ

November 2017 - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will host financial assistance workshops in Corpus Christi, Houston, Woodville, and Beaumont to focus on disaster recovery for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.

Water Development Board regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Yoakum on Nov. 7Exit the TCEQ

October 2017 - Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Yoakum on Nov. 7.

TCEQ Offers Select License Exams in SpanishExit the TCEQ

October 2017 - The following license exams are available in Spanish.

Reminder: Application Deadline Extension Notice State Fiscal Year 2018 Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving FundsExit the TCEQ

September 2017 - Due to the historic rainfall and flooding events occurring from Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Water Development Board is granting a three-week extension for the first-round deadline of State Fiscal Year 2018 Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds applications.

Stormwater Construction General Permit Comment Period and Public MeetingExit the TCEQ

August 2017 - The Stormwater Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000 will be renewed in March 2018.

One Year Extension of NetDMR Electronic Reporting Waivers for MSGP Stormwater PermitteesExit the TCEQ

August 2017 – On Sept. 24, 2015, the EPA signed the final rule that requires NPDES* regulated entities to electronically submit specific permit and compliance-monitoring information electronically.

Texas Water Development Board: Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Mount Pleasant on August 8Exit the TCEQ

July 2017 - Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Mount Pleasant on August 8.

Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council Applications now being acceptedExit the TCEQ

July 2017 – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is now accepting applications for new and vacant positions for the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2017.

Free Workshops on the Revised Total Coliform RuleExit the TCEQ

June 2017 – The TCEQ is offering FREE workshops designed to assist Public Water Systems and Water Operators understand and comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR).

Texas Water Development Board: Financial Assistance WorkshopExit the TCEQ

June 2017 - Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Abilene on July 11.

Dam Safety Workshop Scheduled for July 12, 2017, in TylerExit the TCEQ

June 2017 – The workshop will educate dam owners and operators about state dam safety laws and regulations, dam failure modes and case histories, owner responsibilities and liabilities, security issues, dam operations, maintenance and inspections, developing and implementing emergency action plans.

Draft Rule Excerpt Available for Upcoming Petroleum Storage Tank Rules Stakeholder MeetingExit the TCEQ

May 2017 - TCEQ provides an opportunity for the public to review part of the drafted PST rules prior to the stakeholder meeting.

Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking Regarding Petroleum Storage TanksExit the TCEQ

May 2017 - The TCEQ will conduct a stakeholder meeting on May 23, 2017, to solicit informal input on the adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations.

EPA's Office of Water Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory BurdenExit the TCEQ

May 2017 - The following message is being forwarded on behalf of EPA.

Texas Water Development Board: Financial Assistance WorkshopExit the TCEQ

April 2017 - Regional financial assistance workshop to be held in Fort Worth on May 9.

EPA Hosts Stakeholder Meeting Seeking Input on Federal RegulationsExit the TCEQ

April 2017 - EPA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), in implementing Executive Order (EO) 13777: Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda, is hosting a meeting to consult with external stakeholders, to hear which rules and regulations our stakeholders believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified, consistent with applicable law.

MS4 General Permit Stakeholder MeetingExit the TCEQ

March 2017 - The TCEQ will host a public stakeholder meeting to discuss the renewal of the 2018 Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Phase II MS4 General Permit No. TXR040000.

2016 Articles

Changes to Public Notice for Concrete Batch Plant Standard Permit Adopted by TCEQ CommissionersExit the TCEQ

December 2016 - On Dec. 7, 2016, the TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 39, Public Notice, and Chapter 55, Request for Reconsideration and Contested Case Hearing; Public Comment. 

TCEQ Adopts Rules to Expand Use of GraywaterExit the TCEQ

December 2016 – On Dec. 7, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 210, Use of Reclaimed Water, and Chapter 285, On-Site Sewage Facilities.

Emissions Inventory Workshop Scheduled for Jan. 25, 2017, in AustinExit the TCEQ

December 2016 - The workshop will focus on the two methods for Web Emissions Inventory (EI) Reporting: EIQ Entry and File Upload.

Dam Safety Workshop Scheduled for Jan. 25, 2017, in AustinExit the TCEQ

November 2016 - The workshop will educate dam owners and operators about state dam safety laws and regulations, dam failure modes and case histories, owner responsibilities and liabilities, security issues, dam operations, maintenance and inspections, and developing and implementing emergency action plans.

TCEQ Seeking Stakeholder Input for Emissions Banking and Trading RulemakingExit the TCEQ

November 2016 – The TCEQ has scheduled meetings to inform stakeholders of the pending draft revisions to the Emissions Banking and Trading (EBT) rules in 30 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 101, Subchapter H, Divisions 1 and 3.

TCEQ Adopts the Renewal of the Ready Mixed Concrete General Permit (TXG110000)Exit the TCEQ

November 2016 - On Oct. 19, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted the renewal of the Ready Mixed Concrete General Permit which authorizes discharges from ready-mixed concrete plants, concrete products plants, and their associated facilities.

Renew Your Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Coverage by Nov. 14, 2016Exit the TCEQ

October 2016 - The TCEQ issued the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) MSGP TXR050000 for stormwater discharges from industrial facilities on Aug. 14, 2016.

TCEQ Seeking Comments for the Renewal of the Construction General Permit (CGP) No. TXR150000Exit the TCEQ

October 2016 - The TCEQ has begun the process of renewing the 2013 Stormwater Construction General Permit which will expire on March 4, 2018, at midnight.

Free Webinar: TCEQ’s Rules for Accidental Discharges or Spills at Wastewater Treatment or Collection SystemsExit the TCEQ

October 2016 –The Water Environment Association of Texas is conducting a free webinar Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016, from noon to 1 PM CDT.

TCEQ Proposes New Rules Incorporating the Federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) RequirementsExit the TCEQ

October 2016 – On Sept. 21, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of rulemaking that amends 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 290 to make it consistent with the federal RTCR, to address EPA comments on the federal Groundwater Rule, and to provide clarification on existing state rules.

TCEQ Adopts Changes to the Occupational Licenses and Registration RulesExit the TCEQ

September 2016 – On Sept. 7, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 30 – Occupational Licenses and Registrations.

Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for the Renewal of the Stormwater Construction General Permit No. TXR150000Exit the TCEQ

September 2016 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has begun the renewal process for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Construction General Permit No. TXR150000.

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards - Deadline Extended!Exit the TCEQ

September 2016 - The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA) celebrate the efforts of citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations to preserve and protect the Texas environment.

New TCEQ License Application ProcessExit the TCEQ

September 2016 - On Sept. 9, 2016, the TCEQ began offering an electronic application and pre-approval process for new licenses.

TCEQ Produces New Compliance and Assistance VideoExit the TCEQ

September 2016 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality helps small businesses and local governments achieve compliance with environmental laws, protecting all Texans.

Advanced Air Permitting SeminarExit the TCEQ

September 2016 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has opened registration for its Advanced Air Permitting Seminar.

Upcoming TCEQ Water Quality/Stormwater Seminar: Attendee & Exhibitor Registration Open!Exit the TCEQ

August 2016 - At this seminar, TCEQ staff will update attendees on permitting rules and upcoming regulations.

TCEQ Adopts Changes to Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) Rules and GuidelinesExit the TCEQ

August 2016 - On Aug. 3, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 114, Subchapter K, Division 8 – Drayage Truck Incentive Program (DTIP).

Regional Financial Assistance WorkshopsExit the TCEQ

August 2016 - Opportunities for Helpful One-on-One Discussions.

TCEQ Creates New Monthly Summary Reporting Form for Certain Accidental Discharges or Spills at Wastewater Treatment or Collection SystemsExit the TCEQ

July 2016 - On May 11, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted the volume-based exemptions from the 24 hour reporting requirement for certain accidental discharges, implementing Senate Bill (SB) 912, 84th Legislature.

TCEQ Seeks Comments on Proposed Rules on the Use of GraywaterExit the TCEQ

July 2016 - On July 6, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of a proposed rule on the use of graywater.

TCEQ Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Public Notice Requirements for the Air Quality Standard Permit for Concrete Batch PlantsExit the TCEQ

July 2016 - On July 6, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of proposed rulemaking that amends portions of 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapters 39 and 55 regarding public notice for certain concrete batch plants.

TCEQ Adopts the Renewal of the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000)Exit the TCEQ

July 2016 – On July 6, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted the renewal of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) - Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) (TXR050000) for stormwater discharges from industrial facilities.

TCEQ Adopts Changes to the Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste RulesExit the TCEQ

June 2016 - On May 25, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted waste rules that amend or add to 30 TAC Chapter 335.

TCEQ Adopts New Rules for Accidental Discharges or Spills at Wastewater Treatment or Collection SystemsExit the TCEQ

June 2016 - On May 11, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted the Volume Based Exemptions for Certain Accidental Discharges implementing Senate Bill (SB) 912, 84th Legislature.

2016 Dam Safety WorkshopsExit the TCEQ

May 2016 - TCEQ staff will be holding three dam safety workshops this summer. The workshops provide practical and straightforward information on issues that affect anyone who owns or operates a dam.

TCEQ Adopts Rules to Implement HB 1, Article IX, Section 18.01 – Public Health Service Fee for Public Water SystemsExit the TCEQ

May 2016 - On May 11, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted a rule implementing House Bill (HB) 1, Article IX, Section 18.01, 84th Texas Legislature.

TCEQ Adopts Medical Waste RulesExit the TCEQ

May 2016 - On April 27, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted the Medical Waste Rules implementing House Bill 2244, 84th Legislature.

Free Workshops for Small Domestic Wastewater Systems About Asset Exit the TCEQManagementExit the TCEQ

April 2016 - Operators, administrators, and others responsible for small domestic wastewater systems are invited to attend a free workshop about asset management held in Tyler on May 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the TCEQ Tyler Regional Office.

TCEQ Seeks Comment on Potential Area Designations and Boundaries Recommendations Under the 2015 Ozone StandardExit the TCEQ

March 2016 - The TCEQ's Air Quality Division is soliciting public comment on potential area designations and boundaries recommendations under the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  

TCEQ Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) Rules and GuidelinesExit the TCEQ

March 2016 - On March 3, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of proposed rulemaking that revises 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 114, Subchapter K, Division 8 – Drayage Truck Incentive Program (DTIP).

TCEQ Trade Fair to be Held May 3-4 in AustinExit the TCEQ

March 2016 - The TCEQ will hold its 2016 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference on May 3- 4 at the Austin Convention Center.

TCEQ Trade Fair Early Registration Ends March 11Exit the TCEQ

March 2016 - Early registration for the TCEQ’s Environmental Trade Fair and Conference ends on March 11.

Free Workshops for Small Domestic Wastewater Systems About Asset ManagementExit the TCEQ

February 2016 - Operators, administrators, and others responsible for small domestic wastewater systems are invited to free workshops about asset management held in San Benito on March 2, 2016, at the San Benito Community Building.

TCEQ Seeking Stakeholder Input for Graywater RulemakingExit the TCEQ

February 2016 - House Bill (HB) 1902, 84th Texas Legislature (201), amended Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC), Chapters 341 and 366 and Texas Water Code (TWC) Chapter 26 in relation to the use of graywater. 

TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker Announces Application Workshops for RESTORE FundsExit the TCEQ

February 2016 - Workshops to assist in completing the required application to apply for RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) funds through the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) will be held in three locations during February and March.

TCEQ Proposes New Rules for Accidental Discharges or Spills at Wastewater Treatment or Collection SystemsExit the TCEQ

January 2016 - On Jan. 20, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of rulemaking implementing Senate Bill (SB) 912, 84th Legislature, related to volume-based exemptions from reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills from wastewater treatment facilities or collections systems.

TCEQ Proposes Renewal of Water Quality General Permit for Ready Mixed ConcreteExit the TCEQ

January 2016 - The TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend the Ready Mixed Concrete General Permit TXG110000.

Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Revised by EPA; All Public Water Systems Must Comply by April 1Exit the TCEQ

January 2016 - The EPA updated the 1989 Total Coliform Rule to increase public health protection.

TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker announces RESTORE grant applications accepted on FridayExit the TCEQ

January 2016 - Interested parties with Gulf Coast projects encouraged to apply.

Free Workshops for Small Domestic Wastewater Systems About Asset ManagementExit the TCEQ

January 2016 - Operators, administrators, and others responsible for small domestic wastewater systems are invited to free workshops about asset management held in San Benito on March 2, 2016, at the San Benito Community Building.

2015 Articles

TCEQ Proposes Medical Waste RulesExit the TCEQ

December 2015 - On Dec. 9, 2015, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of rulemaking implementing House Bill 2244, 84th Texas Legislature, related to the regulation of medical waste.

TCEQ Proposes Changes to the Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste RulesExit the TCEQ

December 2015 - On Dec. 9, 2015, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of proposed rulemaking that:

Free Workshop for Small Domestic Wastewater Systems About Asset ManagementExit the TCEQ

December 2015 - Operators, administrators, and others responsible for small domestic wastewater systems are invited to a free workshop about asset management in Round Rock on Jan. 13, 2016, at the Round Rock Public Library.

TCEQ Proposes Rules to Implement Public Health Service Fee for Public Water SystemsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - On Nov. 18, 2015, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of rulemaking that implements House Bill (HB) 1, Article IX, Section 18.04, 84th Texas Legislature. 

EPA’s New NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule Now FinalExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - On Sept. 24, 2015, the EPA signed the final rule which requires NPDES regulated entities to electronically submit specific permit and compliance monitoring information instead of filing paper reports.

TCEQ Adopts Rules Related to Voluntary Operators for Public Water SystemsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - On Nov. 18, 2015, the TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 290.46 and 290.47, to implement HB 1146.

TWDB Financial Assistance WorkshopsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is pleased to invite you to their annual workshops across Texas highlighting their financial assistance programs.

Rule Changes and Updates for Domestic Wastewater SystemsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - On Nov. 4, 2015, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 217, Design Criteria for Domestic Wastewater Systems, and “re-adopted” previously repealed rules in 30 TAC, Chapter 317, Design Criteria Prior to 2008.

Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Accepting Grant ApplicationsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - Funding available to upgrade or replace heavy duty vehicles and equipment.

Public Water System – Asset Management WorkshopsExit the TCEQ

November 2015 - The TCEQ will be conducting free workshops to help system owners, managers, and operators create an inventory and budget, identify maintenance needs, and assess their source.

Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000) Scheduled for Renewal; Public Meeting to be Held Nov. 16.Exit the TCEQ

October 2015 - The TCEQ is in the process of renewing the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for industrial facilities, TXR050000, which expires Aug. 14, 2016.

Air Quality Open HouseExit the TCEQ

October 2015 - The Bexar County Air Quality Open House is a free, educational event to bring together the public, political leaders, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, businesses, and students to learn about and discuss solutions to air quality issues in the Bexar County area. 

Water Finance E-NewsExit the TCEQ

October 2015 - EPA’s Office of Water/Office of Wastewater Management is offering a new quarterly e-mail newsletter called Water Finance E-News.

TCEQ Adopts Amendments to the Evaporation Pond General Permit (GP) No. WQG100000Exit the TCEQ

October 2015 - On Sept. 9, 2015, TCEQ commissioners adopted amendments to the Evaporation Pond GP, which authorizes industrial or water treatment facilities to dispose of wastewater by evaporation from surface impoundments.

EPA Issues New Ozone StandardExit the TCEQ

October 2015 - On October 1, 2015, the EPA revised the primary NAAQS for ozone from an eight-hour standard at 0.075 ppm to an eight-hour standard at 0.070 ppm.

TCEQ Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Amendment to the De Minimis Facilities or Sources ListExit the TCEQ

October 2015 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requests public comment on a proposed amendment to the De Minimis Facilities or Sources list.

TCEQ Schedules Water Quality/Stormwater Annual SeminarExit the TCEQ

August 2015 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently accepting registrations for its Water Quality/Stormwater Annual Seminar, Sept. 22-23, DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 Interstate 35 North, Austin.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows - Stakeholder Meeting to be Held on Sept. 15Exit the TCEQ

August 2015 - Wastewater treatment and collection facilities will have different requirements for reporting certain accidental discharges or spills under a new law passed by the Texas Legislature (SB 912).

Public Hearing Scheduled – Volunteer Operators at Drinking Water SystemsExit the TCEQ

August 2015 - On August 5, 2015, the TCEQ proposed rules to implement the provisions of House Bill (HB) 1146, to amend Chapter 290, Public Drinking Water, to allow public water systems to use volunteer licensed operators and require the maintenance of certain records for each volunteer operator.

Pollution Prevention Waste Management WorkshopExit the TCEQ

August 2015 - Register to attend the Pollution Prevention Waste Management Workshop on Sept. 30, 2015.

TCEQ Proposes Rules for Changes to Contested Case Hearing ProcessExit the TCEQ

August 2015 - On Aug. 5, 2015, the TCEQ proposed rules implementing Senate Bills 709 and 1267 (from the 84th Texas Legislative session) changing the process for contested case hearings and motions for rehearing.

Request for Nominations - Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory CouncilExit the TCEQ

August 2015 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is requesting nominations for nine individuals to serve on the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council to fill the following positions:

Training course on managing petroleum chemical spills scheduled for Nov. 18-19, 2015, in AustinExit the TCEQ

June 2015 - Learn about solutions to the problems that these liquids present and better understand and manage risks from LNAPL contamination by attending this two-day training course.

Consumer Confidence Reports for Public Water Systems due July 1Exit the TCEQ

May 2015 - Consumer Confidence Reports for Public Water Systems due July 1.

Changes to Public Water Supply Rule Published in Texas RegisterExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - On Feb. 6, 2015, a proposed rule was published by the TCEQ in the Texas Register that will address the following issues for public water supplies.

The Advocate Goes Electronic! New Format Will be Timelier and Reduce Paper UseExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - Following this issue, The Advocate will no longer be available as a paper edition.

“Two Steps, One Sticker” Began in MarchExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - The State of Texas will stop issuing inspection stickers and transition to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” vehicle inspection and registration program.

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Has MovedExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - The link to the Texas Administrative Code has changed.

New PST Compliance Tools Coming SoonExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - Petroleum storage tank compliance-assistance tools are coming soon.

Computer-Based Testing Now Available for Occupational LicensingExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - Many of the exams for individuals seeking an occupational license are available through computer-based testing (CBT), including initial exams and retests.

Monthly Effluent Report (MER) Forms Available OnlineExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - Wastewater reuse and land application facilities are required to report to the TCEQ on monthly effluent report forms. 

TCEQ Trade Fair to be Held May 5-6 in AustinExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - The TCEQ will hold its 2015 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference on May 5-6 at the Austin Convention Center. 

Guidelines Amended for Effluent Limitations for Construction Stormwater DischargesExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - On Feb. 4, 2015, the TCEQ commissioners approved the adoption of federal revisions to regulations on stormwater discharges from construction activities.

Pledge to be a Proud Partner TodayExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - The TCEQ’s Take Care of Texas program recently launched the Proud Partner program allowing organizations to demonstrate their commitment to the Texas environment.

Rule UpdatesExit the TCEQ

April 2015 - Find out the status of current TCEQ rule projects including public comment period, adoption dates, effective dates, and rule project managers and contact information.

2014 Articles

TCEQ is Now the Greenhouse Gas Permitting Authority in TexasExit the TCEQ

December 2014 - On Nov. 10, 2014, the TCEQ became the permitting authority for emissions of greenhouse gases in Texas. Prior to Nov. 10, the U.S. EPA was the permitting authority for GHGs in Texas.

Changes to Stage I Rules Now Effective for Owners and Operators of Gas Dispensing FacilitiesExit the TCEQ

December 2014 - As of Oct. 31, 2014, owners and operators of gas dispensing facilities must comply with new state regulations for their Stage I vapor recovery system.

TCEQ to Host Industrial Storm Water Stakeholder MeetingExit the TCEQ

December 2014 - On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., the TCEQ will host a public stakeholder meeting to discuss the renewal of the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit - TXR050000 which regulates storm water discharges from industrial activities.

Air Permitting Changes Now Available in STEERS e-PermittingExit the TCEQ

December 2014 - You can now use STEERS e-Permitting to notify and register for air permits with the TCEQ.

New Session for Texas LegislatureExit the TCEQ

December 2014 - The 84th session of the Texas Legislature will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at noon.

Articles Prior to 2014Exit the TCEQ

Articles published prior to 2014 are available on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TRAIL) website.