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Water Quality Advisory Work Group (WQAWG)

Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes for this open-participation group which meets quarterly to discuss the development and implementation of water quality rules and regulations.

Based on input from the group, the TCEQ Water Quality Division staff compiles agendas for each meeting. WQAWG provides the TCEQ with expanded knowledge and resources to help with existing and future water quality issues.

Program Updates

Beginning December 2, 2019, we will begin ensuring compliance with the public notice deadlines established in 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§39.405(a) and 39.405(e). Specifically, applicants must publish the “Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit” (NORI) within 30 days and the Notice of Preliminary Decision (NAPD) within 45 days. Proof of publication must be submitted within 30 days of publication.

Failure to publish notice and provide proof of publication within these deadlines may result in the application being returned, in accordance with 30 TAC §39.405(a)(2).

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Call for Comments on the Draft TPDES General Permit (TXG310000) for Oil and Gas Extraction Activity Discharges

TCEQ is inviting you to provide input on the draft TPDES General Permit for oil and gas extraction activity discharges from onshore stripper well, coastal, and territorial seas facilities!

TCEQ has developed a draft general permit and fact sheet supporting the development of a new general permit for wastewater discharges from oil and gas extraction activities under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES). This is part of the implementation of House Bill 2771, related to the transfer of permitting authority for oil and gas discharges to surface water in the state from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and EPA to TCEQ.

This new draft general permit is intended to replace two existing NPDES general permits (TXG260000 and TXG330000), as well as replace individual permit authorizations issued by RRC for oil and gas extraction activity discharges from onshore stripper well facilities, coastal facilities, and territorial seas facilities (located within three statute miles of the Texas coastline). This new draft TPDES general permit has been assigned Permit No. TXG310000. Links to the draft general permit and fact sheet are provided below.

TCEQ is providing this notification as a courtesy to stakeholders to review and provide informal comments on the draft general permit package prior to sending it to EPA for their 90-day review under terms and conditions established between TCEQ and EPA under the TPDES program. Comments on these documents for TCEQ consideration should be submitted no later than May 6, 2022 by email to hb2771@tceq.texas.gov. Please reference “TXG310000 Comments” in the title of the email. The TCEQ will not formally respond to any comments submitted but may alter the draft general permit package in response to any comment submitted prior to sending the package to EPA for their formal review.

Following EPA’s review of the draft permit package, the draft general permit will be published in the Texas Register and certain state-wide newspapers for a formal 30-day public comment period. At that time, the public and interested parties may submit formal comments and the Executive Director will provide a formal response to all public comments received prior to the commission’s consideration of issuance of the general permit.

If you have any questions during this informal comment time frame, please contact Chris Linendoll, E.I.T., with the Wastewater Permitting Section via email at chris.linendoll@tceq.texas.gov or via phone at (254) 761-3025.

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Participation in the WQAWG

The WQAWG is open to the public and is a voluntary group of participants who meet on a quarterly basis to discuss issues related to water quality, wastewater permits, and wastewater standards. Anyone interested may attend the meeting and participate in the discussion.

The WQAWG currently has representation from water associations, river authorities, academic institutions of higher learning, petroleum and chemical industry, electrical utility industry, agricultural industry, consulting firms, law firms, engineering firms, consumer groups, environmental organizations, public and private treatment plant operators and managers, municipalities, industries, government entities, and individual citizens.

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Notice of Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting

Meeting Agenda: AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
Date: June 7, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TCEQ Campus
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building E, Room 201S
Austin, Texas 78753
Map
Local RestaurantsAdobe Acrobat PDF Document

Free parking is available on the 4th floor of the parking garage located between Buildings E and F. If you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be available via Live Webcast or on the TCEQ YouTube page.

Webcast attendees: Please submit an email to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov with “WQAWG” in the subject line to let us know you will be in attendance. Please include your Title and Contact Information.

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All past meetings (webcast & virtual) starting January 2019 forward are available by using the TCEQ YouTube channel by clicking on:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TCEQNews. Once YouTube has opened in TCEQNews then search within the site. Search for WQAWG which will bring you to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wqawg


WQAWG webcast meetings prior to January 2019 may be found at https://texasadmin.com/tx/tceq/water_quality_advisory/Exit the TCEQ

Future WQAWG Meetings

  • August 23, 2022

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Summaries and Handouts

Summaries, handouts, and attendees from all current and past WQAWG meetings from January 2018 to present.

Most of the files linked below are in portable document format (PDF). (Help with PDF Files.)

Date Agenda/Attendees Summary Handouts/Presentations
January 20, 2022 SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
October 26, 2021 SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Chapter 217 Update PowerpointMicrosoft PowerPoint Document
July 20, 2021 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
April 20, 2021 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
January 21, 2021 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
October 20, 2020 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document Summary with Q&AAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
July 21, 2020 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
Q&AAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
April 21, 2020 Cancelled due to Agency COVID Policy enacted. Updates will be covered at the July 21, 2020 meeting.
January 21, 2020 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document SummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document

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Other Water Quality Stakeholder Groups

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Staff Contact

For more information, questions, comments, or to suggest topics for future stakeholder meetings please e-mail your question or comment to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov. Please include "WQAWG" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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