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TCEQ’s biennial report delivered to state Capitol

Monday, Dec. 7, 2018

Before every regular legislative session, the TCEQ produces a biennial report, as required by statute, to the state’s lawmakers with details about the agency.

That report, which was delivered to the state Capitol today, is publicly available for any interested person to inspect. It is broken down into four chapters and includes highlights of issues that the TCEQ dealt with, specific activities and statistics of major divisions of the agency, previous legislation dealing with the agency, and a breakdown of the agency’s financial and personnel resources.

During the fiscal years of 2017 and 2018, the TCEQ found itself dealing with the aftermath of a ferocious tropical storm system, the likes of which have never been seen before. The agency had leadership changes, including a new chairman, commissioner, and executive director.

Despite an ozone designation by the EPA, the TCEQ continues to experience successes in air quality and is working to implement the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, which was established by the settlement of claims against Volkswagen and related companies, and also the RESTORE Act, which will result in much-needed funding for the Texas coast following the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The report includes four appendices, including “Assessment of Complaints Received Adobe Acrobat PDF Document,” “Permit Time-Frame Reduction and Tracking Adobe Acrobat PDF Document,” “Office of Public Interest Counsel Annual Report to the TCEQ Adobe Acrobat PDF Document,” and “Evaluation of Water Basins in Texas Without a Watermaster.”

All these activities are occurring against a backdrop of the state’s fast-growing population and expanding economy. The TCEQ has responded with initiatives adapted to changing times and challenges, while continuing its dedication to protecting public health and the state’s natural resources.