Continue TCEQ, Support Commonsense Regulations and Sufficient Funding for Operations
TAM supports the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) continued operation following its 2023 Sunset Advisory Commission review. TAM also supports the diligent work by both TCEQ and the Sunset Advisory Commission and is generally supportive of needed improvements that will help ensure the protection of public health and our environment. We encourage the Legislature to let TCEQ continue to work on enhancing the availability of information to the public and the regulated community.
TAM supports the use of clear and consistent regulations that have a market driven and incentive-based foundation rather than heavy handed mandates or a one-size-fits-all approach. We support increased inspections at our facilities and the agency’s ability to hire additional inspectors. We believe inspections should be consistent from region to region across the state. TAM supports enhanced salaries and training opportunities for TCEQ staff to maintain a qualified and experienced workforce that can meet future challenges. Finally, TAM continues to support TCEQ’s funding of the Expedited Permitting Program. We believe all permits should be processed in a timely fashion to help promote economic development by providing more certainty and consistency in the permitting process.