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TCEQ Small Business and Government Assistance presentation at LCRA Economic Development Forum in Austin on December 16th 2011

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  1. 1. LCRA Economic Development Forum December 16, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>Rulemaking is directed by legislature and EPA . </li></ul><ul><li>Permitting activities affecting the environment . </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring air/water quality ambient and incident conditions . </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations are routine or result from complaints . </li></ul><ul><li>Enforcement until compliance is achieved . </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Response to spills, releases, disasters </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to local governments and industry to assist in compliance </li></ul>Roles of the TCEQ .
  3. 3. What Do We Regulate <ul><li>Solid Waste – Industrial & Municipal </li></ul><ul><li>Water – Drinking, Waste Water, & Stormwater </li></ul><ul><li>Air Emissions </li></ul>
  4. 4. TCEQ Organization .
  5. 5. 16 Regional Offices .
  6. 6. Small Business and Local Government Assistance
  7. 7. SBLGA Programs Offer: <ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with understanding the rules and meeting requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One to One Help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free & Confidential </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SBLGA Customers: <ul><li>Business & Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Local Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Other Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Help For Smaller Entities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Small Business <ul><li>Any independently owned and operated company with 100 or fewer employees across all locations. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who does SBLGA help? <ul><li>Auto Body / Repair . </li></ul><ul><li>Building Contractors . </li></ul><ul><li>Car Washes . </li></ul><ul><li>Compost Operations . </li></ul><ul><li>Dry Cleaners . </li></ul><ul><li>Foundries . </li></ul><ul><li>PST Facilities (fuel) . </li></ul><ul><li>Print Shops . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Small Local Government <ul><li>City of 50,000 or Fewer </li></ul><ul><li>County of 100,000 or Fewer </li></ul><ul><li>ISD with 100,000 or Fewer Students </li></ul>
  12. 12. SBLGA PROGRAMS <ul><li>Hotline </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance Commitment (C2) </li></ul><ul><li>EnviroMentor </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory and Advocacy Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate Newsletter </li></ul>
  13. 13. Getting Help <ul><li>Hotline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-800-447-2827 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M-F 8:00am-5:00pm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.TexasEnviroHelp.org </li></ul><ul><li>Office & Site Visits </li></ul>
  14. 14. SBLGA: Local Staff Available <ul><li>This slide contains a graphic representation of the map of Texas with the TCEQ Regions identified. There are Small Business and Local Government Assistance specialists available in every region of the state. Toll-free hotline is 1-800-447-2827. </li></ul>
  15. 15. EnviroMentor Program <ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawyers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operators </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Compliance Commitment (C2) <ul><li>Free & Confidential Compliance Audit </li></ul><ul><li>Third Party </li></ul><ul><li>Two Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Certification </li></ul>
  17. 17. Advisory and Advocacy Groups <ul><li>Small Business Advisory Comittee (SBAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) </li></ul><ul><li>Participate In: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Comment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local/State Planning </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Rural Ombudsman <ul><li>Liaison between TCEQ and Local Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach and education </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership development </li></ul><ul><li>Provides Local Government perspective on TCEQ Rules and policy </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Robinson 512-239-6710 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Information Resources <ul><li>The Advocate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-800-447-2827 to Subscribe – FREE! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rule Change Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops & Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Online & Print Publications </li></ul>
  20. 20. Government Resources <ul><li>RG-220 Funding resources for water and waster water systems </li></ul><ul><li>RG-422 Public Water Supply for Local Governments </li></ul><ul><li>RG-455 Preventing Illegal Dumping </li></ul>
  21. 21. Small Business & Local Government Assistance <ul><li>Colin Barth </li></ul><ul><li>(512) 239-7015 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  22. 22. SBLGA HOTLINE 1-800-447-2827 <ul><li>www.TexasEnviroHelp.org </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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