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

In time for Earth Day, here are the Texas 20

Happy Earth Day from TCEQ! Our Take Care of Texas program has curated a list of 20 ways you can help reduce waste, conserve water and energy, and keep our air and water clean. See the list here.   Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that … Continue reading In time for Earth Day, here are the Texas 20

TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies

As the agency with the words "environmental quality" in its name suggests, TCEQ plays an important role in protecting the state’s public health and natural resources. As our mission statement proclaims, our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. Still, misconceptions remain about just what TCEQ does, and what authority … Continue reading TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies