Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Local Air Pollution Control Agencies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Before the construction of a new facility or the modification of an existing facility that emits air contaminants into the atmosphere in excess of the de minimis thresholds, the facility must either satisfy the conditions for a permit-by-rule, obtain a new source review (NSR) permit, satisfy the conditions for a standard permit, or obtain a flexible permit. Major sources are required to comply with the provisions of nonattainment NSR review and/or prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) depending on the attainment status of the area where the source is located and the type and quantity of pollutants emitted.
Texas's nonattainment NSR and PSD permitting programs generally follow the federal provisions. Texas administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved programs. Therefore, ...