Texas Air - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Air - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State Implementation Plan (SIP): 40 CFR 51 and 40 CFR 52.2270 to 52.2311

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Attainment status: 40 CFR 81.344

Air permits: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 116 and 30 TAC 122

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs): 30 TAC 113

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS): 40 CFR 60

Risk management program: 40 CFR 68

Pollutant transport:

Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR): 40 CFR 52.2283, 40 CFR 52.2284, 40 CFR 96.101 to 96.388, and 30 TAC 101.501 to 101.508

Regional haze: 30 TAC 116.1500 to 116.1540

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Local air pollution control agencies

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is responsible for administering and enforcing Texas's air pollution rules. Texas's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ administers and enforces the state's air quality program with assistance from local air pollution control agencies.

State Requirements



Texas's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972, and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.

Attainment Status

Areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment areas. Texas has areas that are classified as nonattainment for PM-10, ozone, and lead. Nonattainment of the NAAQS significantly impacts the permitting procedures and emissions limitations imposed on sources of air pollution.

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