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Texas Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Texas's Environmental Rules


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In Texas, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). TCEQ is responsible for protecting Texas's land, water, and air from pollution. TCEQ has been delegated authority by the EPA to administer and enforce air emissions, water discharge, and waste management permit and operation programs. Local governments have authority to establish ordinances that may include regulation of environmental activities, such as flood control and zoning.


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 EPA for approval. 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, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and numerous other air-related requirements.

TCEQ is responsible for administering and enforcing Texas's air pollution rules, with assistance from local air pollution control agencies.


The state of Texas assumed the authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in Texas in September 1998. TCEQ's Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) program now has regulatory authority over discharges of pollutants to Texas surface waters.

TCEQ is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the water pollution control regulations in ...

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