December 2, 2017
Representative Joe Pickett, who chairs the House Environmental Regulation Committee, has appointed Representative Ed Thompson as Chair of the Environmental Regulation Interim Subcommittee on Landfill and Air Issues, which will have oversight over three of the committee’s six interim charges.
“It has been a privilege to work on the Environmental Regulation Committee the last three sessions, and I am both humbled and honored to have been asked to chair this subcommittee, which will look at issues that are a top priority in my district,” Thompson said.
“I am looking forward to working with advocates, stakeholders, and my fellow committee members to improve air quality and landfill compliance in our state.”
The Interim Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Thompson, will include Rep. John Cyrier (R – Lockhart), Rep. Kyle Kacal (R – College Station), Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R – Odessa), and Rep. Ron Reynolds (D – Missouri City).
Chairman Pickett has assigned the following charges to the Subcommittee for review:
Study the permitting, siting, and regulatory processes for solid waste landfills, including municipal solid waste landfills, and whether current rules, regulations, and notice requirements adequately ensure compliance and maximize participation from the public and stakeholders.
Study the economic impact of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and determine if new technologies can be utilized to meet attainment or make an attainment demonstration for all current standards.
Review the TCEQ’s expedited air permitting program and examine whether the program is achieving the desired results.
“Many people know about the landfill in a neighboring district that has persistently had a negative impact on some of my constituents’ quality of life over the past two years,” Thompson continued.
“However, this subcommittee is not exclusive to District 29. This is a statewide issue, and I intend to bring together the full spectrum of stakeholders to facilitate a productive discussion on the rules and regulations that govern the monitoring and enforcement of solid waste facilities in this state.”
The Environmental Regulation Committee has oversight over all matters pertaining to air, land, and water pollution, including the environmental regulation of industrial development; the regulation of waste disposal; environmental matters that are regulated by the Department of State Health Services or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; oversight of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as it relates to environmental regulation; and the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.