The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.
As a large state agency, with nearly 3,000 employees across the state, TCEQ oversees or regulates some things you may be aware of, such as boil water notices and air permits. But there are probably many areas we’re involved in that aren’t apparent to the public, topics like: what is TCEQ’s role during emergencies, and is it OK by air quality standards for a crematorium to burn body bags? Or, what’s the deal with bloodworms? With this blog, we’ll be diving into a wide variety of subjects as they arise, from the bizarre to the mundane. And, we’ll attempt to explain complex technical topics in everyday language.
This blog is intended to help the public gain a better understanding of the breadth of our agency’s work, how we carry out our mission, and highlight the individuals who pour their hearts into their careers. We’re also launching this platform just to share information that comes across our desks that we find interesting or entertaining.
We’ll still issue press releases and respond to questions from reporters just as we always have, but we’ll also dig into some of the lesser-known aspects of the agency and share what we learn here.
We’re eager to introduce you to many of our colleagues. Until then, here’s the staff behind this blog: