Don’t Trash That: TCEQ Releases Recycling Market Development Plan

This week, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality released its Recycling Market Development Plan. The plan is an analysis of the current state of recycling in Texas, including the economic impact of recycling, as well as estimates of how much recyclable material is thrown away instead of being recycled. In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature … Continue reading Don’t Trash That: TCEQ Releases Recycling Market Development Plan

A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

Cristina Barrera graduated in 2017 from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She interned with TCEQ’s Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program in 2015 and 2016 and is currently attending the Yale School of the Environment for a master’s degree in environmental management. I asked … Continue reading A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

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

White Pelicans, ducks, marsh and a process plant. Shot at San Jacinto Monument Park near Houston, Texas.

TCEQ launches new environmental justice initiative

Effort will build on current agency activities to bolster public participation and language access Some issues have a slow fuse, simmering just below the surface, until the heat forms a flashpoint that can no longer be ignored. Such is the case with environmental justice – a cause that advocates have doggedly pursued for decades. Efforts … Continue reading TCEQ launches new environmental justice initiative