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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Annual Enforcement Report for FY 2013

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Annual Enforcement Report for FY 2013

TCEQ training for hazardous waste personnel

TCEQ regulates hazardous and non-hazardous waste from both industrial and non-industrial facilities.

This annual report provides the TCEQ Commissioners with key status and performance indicators about agency enforcement activities.

State law requires the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to prepare an electronic enforcement report by December 1 each year that reports on the enforcement actions for each type of regulatory program in the agency.

This year’s report  includes the information listed below for the current fiscal year as well as the preceding five fiscal years.
2013 Enforcement Report
The enforcement report contains statistical indicators and a comparative analysis for the following enforcement related activities:

  • number of investigations and complaints by program and region;
  • number of notices of violation issued by program and region;
  • number and type of enforcement actions and lists of each action denoting the regulated entity name and location by county and region;
  • amount of penalties assessed, deferred, and required to be paid to General Revenue;
  • supplemental environmental project costs, offsets, and descriptions;
  • number and percentage of enforcement actions issued to persons who previously have committed the same or similar violations;
  • number and percentage of enforcement orders issued to entities that have been the subject of a previous enforcement order;
  • classification of violations as major, moderate, or minor;
  • most frequently cited rules/statutes in enforcement actions;
  • emissions events; and
  • other information which the Commission deems relevant, including information on the results of enforcement actions (i.e., environmental benefit, pollutant reductions, etc.).

From the TCEQ website:  The Annual Enforcement Report for FY 2013

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Since its environmental programs (air, water, & land) have been authorized by the USEPA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is the primary regulatory agency within Texas responsible for the protection of the environment.  It is the regulations of the TCEQ and not those of the USEPA that must concern industry and other regulated persons within Texas.  If you are subject to the regulations of the TCEQ this Report will help you to better understand its priorities, and the repercussions for non-compliance.  If you generate any waste in Texas then you must be familiar with the regulations of the TCEQ pertaining to the generation, on-site management, transportation, and disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste from both industrial and non-industrial sources.  Contact me with questions about the regulations of the TCEQ, the USEPA and the regulatory requirements of both to provide annual training for you and your employees.

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