Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Texas is authorized to implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, known as the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) in the state. As part of the TPDES program, Texas has assumed the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) program and uses the same definitions for small, medium, and large CAFOs as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Texas rules are more stringent in the area of application and maintenance of permits.
Texas has also established requirements for animal feeding operations (AFOs) that do not qualify as CAFOs.
• Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers and enforces the TPDES permit program in Texas.
30 TAC 321.36
All CAFOs in the state are subject to the requirements of ...