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Environmental Crime

The TCEQ provides technical support and criminal investigative expertise in multi-agency investigations. We also serve as a resource for and provide training to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on criminal environmental violations. Our goals are to increase recognition of environmental crime as a threat to public safety and to encourage and support enforcement of environmental statutes at the local level.

The following resources are available.

Officer Training

If you are a Texas peace officer who investigates environmental crimes or an officer who represents a department that is interested in developing an environmental crimes program, you are eligible to take the TCEQ's 24-hour TCLEOSE certified training course, which we offer periodically.

The goals of the Criminal Environmental Law Training Course:

  • increase your awareness of environmental crimes in Texas;
  • strengthen your ability to interpret and apply environmental statutes;
  • enhance your skills in the use of safe, innovative enforcement and investigative techniques;
  • establish partnerships between you and environmental enforcement officers throughout Texas; and
  • explain environmental laws and investigation techniques.


For more information about training opportunities, please contact Dan McReynolds, manager of the Environmental Crime Unit.

Contact Information

Dan McReynolds, Manager
Environmental Crimes Unit, MC 175
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
Telephone: 512-239-3416

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