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Severe Cold Weather Event Response

Information you may need if you are affected by the February 2021 severe cold weather event.

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Red arrow to highlight content TCEQ is committed to responding to the event while also following Department of State Health Services guidance for COVID19Exit the TCEQ.

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Temporary Fuel Waiver:

EPA has granted TCEQ’s request for temporary fuel waivers for the Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) requirements that apply in 110 Texas counties, and the oxygenated gasoline requirements that apply in El Paso County. The waiver is to address a fuel supply emergency caused by refinery and distribution terminal disruptions resulting from the severe weather throughout Texas.

Rules Suspensions:

Public Participation Extension Requests:

See how to make an extension request:

Enforcement Discretion:

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Power Emergency Policy (02-10-2021)
  • Request for case-by-case enforcement discretion should be sent by email to both the Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) Director at craig.pritzlaff@tceq.texas.gov and to OCE@tceq.texas.gov. The request should include the following:
    • Concise statement supporting request for enforcement discretion
    • Anticipated duration of need for enforcement discretion
    • Citation of rule/permit provision for which enforcement discretion is requested
  • Regulated entities must maintain records adequate to document activities related to the noncompliance under enforcement discretion, including details of the regulated entity's best efforts to comply. Information submitted related to enforcement discretion is subject to the Public Information Act. Any information that you intend to claim as confidential should be clearly marked.

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Public Water System Guidance:

Boil Water Notices

Boil water notices must be issued when distribution pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch or if disinfection equipment is not functioning properly to maintain the minimum residual (0.2 mg/L free chlorine or 0.5 mg/L chloramines). Should your PWS need to shut down, issue a Boil Water Notice, or issue a Pre-Cautionary Boil Water Notice, please notify the TCEQ regional office that serves your county and by e-mailing documentation to PWSBWN@tceq.texas.gov. A quick reference guide for issuing a Boil Water Notice is located here: Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Boil Water Notice Guide.

See forms for issuing Boil Water Notices.

Sample Collection

If your system is on a Boil Water Notice and your usual lab cannot analyze your bacteriological drinking water samples to rescind the notice as quickly as possible, call TCEQ at 855-685-8237.

If you are unable to facilitate the collection of any compliance samples, please reach out to the appropriate contact provided below:

Water Haulers

Emergency Funding Sources

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Guidance:

2021 Water Quality Division, Wastewater Permitting Section Staff Contacts for Emergency Response

Title Contact Work Phone Work Cell
Deputy Director David W. Galindo 512-239-0951 512-563-3909
Assistant Deputy Director Erika Crespo 512-239-1827 512-653-7302
Section Manager Gregg Easley 512-239-4485 512-423-6258
Technical Support Louis C. Herrin, III, P.E. 512-239-4552 281-743-2800
512-626-8133
Technical Support Paul Brochi, P.E. 512-239-1372 512-865-1515
Technical Support Baltazar Lucero-Ramirez 512-239-4924 205-901-4641
281-678-6968
Division Main Line 512-239-4671 512-563-3909

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Waste Management Guidance:

  • Questions about Waste Management?
    • For questions regarding when your local weekly trash service will resume and what items will be accepted, contact your local municipality’s solid waste service provider.
    • For questions regarding solid waste permitting; debris management; and municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste management, contact TCEQ’s Waste Permits Division at 512-239-2335 or mswper@tceq.texas.gov for municipal waste questions and ihwper@tceq.texas.gov for industrial and hazardous waste questions.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Guidance
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Managing Debris from Declared Disasters (RG-518) - A lot of debris may be recycled, so before you haul it to the landfill, see what might be recycled in the table at the end of this guidance information.
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Locations of landfills
  • MSW Map Viewer – Locate municipal solid waste (MSW) facilities and find information about them.
  • Hauling Storm-Related Debris to the Curb – Following these specific guidelines will make for a speedier removal process. Check with your local government on what is available to you. Note – the flyers reference a hurricane, but the guidance is relevant for this winter storm event.
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Concerns for authorized facilities (RG-517c)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Temporary Debris Management form - For local jurisdictions to request a temporary debris management site to manage disaster debris.

Carcasses

Air Permit Guidance:

If your facility has a permit to protect air quality, read the following information after a declared disaster. The guidance will help operators and owners prevent or minimize any increased risk to human health and safety.

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