Texas Lawmakers Want TCEQ Permit Process To Emulate EPA

Law360, Dallas (March 1, 2013, 8:06 PM EST) -- Lawmakers on Thursday proposed adding administrative review to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process, in a change intended to bring the state more in line with procedures before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A pair of bills filed by Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, and Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, chairmen of the respective Natural Resource committees, would convert the current process, which can include trial-like hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, into an administrative appeals process modeled on the EPA.

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