Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TCEQ Hearing on Edwards Aquifer Rules Coming Up Next Week

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will conduct hearings to receive comments from the public on actions the commission should take to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution, as required under Texas Water Code, §26.046. This requirement assists the commission in its shared responsibility with local governments such as cities and groundwater conservation districts to protect the water quality of the aquifer.  Annual hearings are held on the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and the TCEQ rules, 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 213, which regulate development over the delineated contributing, recharge, and transition zones of the Edwards Aquifer.
The hearings will be held at the following times and locations:
·         Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the TCEQ Park 35 Office Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S, Austin;
·         Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tesoro Building, Alamo Area Council of Governments, Al J. Notzon III Board Room, 8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 100, San Antonio.
These hearings will be structured for the receipt of oral or written comments by interested persons. Individuals may present oral statements when called upon. There will be no open discussion during the hearing; however, agency staff members will be available to answer questions 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the hearing. Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the hearing.
I will be at the Wednesday hearing in San Antonio and our Austin groups will be representing GEAA at the Tuesday hearing.  We invite you to join us and to go on the record in support of better rules to protect the Aquifer.
GEAA has been submitting the same comments since 2005 (read these comments here and, we will be submitting these comments again this year as we are not aware of any significant action or reforms from TCEQ.
Written comments should reference the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and may be sent to Beth Banks, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Field Operation Support Division, MC 174, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087, faxed to (512) 239-2249, or e-mailed to beth.banks@tceq.texas.gov. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., January 10, 2014. For further information or questions concerning these hearings, please contact Ms. Banks at (512) 239-3241, or visit http://www.tceq.texas.gov/compliance/field_ops/eapp/history.html.
Communications to TCEQ in support of GEAA’s recommendations are most welcome.  You can send us a copy for our records (and edification!) to annalisa@aquiferalliance.org.
To all, a happy Thanksgiving.  I know that I am very thankful to each and every one of you for your support!

Annalisa Peace
Executive Director

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