Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

State lawmakers increase incentives to improve air quality, regulate petroleum storage tanks, and prepare for lead testing in schools’ drinking water. Efforts to improve air quality in Texas got a boost during the recent legislative session when state lawmakers approved changes that will hasten the retirement of older, dirtier vehicles. Among the changes is a … Continue reading Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

Legislative Wrap-Up: Out with the Old, in with the New

State lawmakers increase incentives to improve air quality, regulate petroleum storage tanks, and prepare for lead testing in schools’ drinking water.   Efforts to improve air quality in Texas got a boost during the recent legislative session when state lawmakers approved changes that will hasten the retirement of older, dirtier vehicles. Among the changes is … Continue reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Out with the Old, in with the New

Air monitoring during hurricanes

In August 2020 TCEQ took its stationary air monitors in Beaumont and Houston offline prior to Hurricane Laura’s landfall, triggering considerable criticism and a lot of questions. We’ve asked Cory Chism, Deputy Director of TCEQ’s Monitoring Division, to explain. Before getting into why TCEQ shuts off its air monitors in the path of a storm, … Continue reading Air monitoring during hurricanes

Medical Waste in the Times of COVID

More COVID vaccines means more syringes and test kits. But what happens to all that stuff? Maybe you’ve wondered: is it something I need to be concerned about? Not to worry – we’ve got it under control. Charly Fritz, deputy director of TCEQ’s Waste Permits Division, which regulates the processing and disposal of medical waste, … Continue reading Medical Waste in the Times of COVID

Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15, we are launching a series of blog posts related to hurricanes, including preparing for them, some of our staff’s experiences with them and some other interesting things we came across during hurricane season last fall. In case you were wondering how TCEQ prepares for a hurricane, … Continue reading Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15