The TCEQ will meet this morning with stakeholders to discuss sand mining best practices.
Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
Location: Virtual Meeting via GoToWebinar
Public Participation: Virtual Meeting Link
Members of the public may access the meeting via webcast by following this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar and entering Webinar ID 603-908-859. It is recommended that you join the webinar and register for the meeting at least 15 minutes before the meeting begins. You will be given the option to use your computer audio or to use your phone for participating in the webinar.
For those persons without computer or internet access who would like to participate in the meeting, call 844-368-7161 and enter collaboration code 435007#.
Handouts will be available at the following webpage prior to the meeting: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/stormwater/sand-mining-rulemaking
If you are unable to attend the Virtual Meeting; the meeting information, summary, and updates will be posted on the above webpage.
The petitions were filed by the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association (TACA) and the Lake Houston Area Grassroots Flood Prevention Initiative (LHAGFPI). The petitioners requested that the commission adopt a new rule under the Watershed Protection Rules that would establish best management practices for commercial sand mining and other lawful purposes within the San Jacinto River Watershed in Montgomery, Liberty, and Harris counties.
On August 12, 2020, the commission considered the petitions and directed staff to initiate the rulemaking process and include stakeholder involvement. Through the stakeholder process, the TCEQ will determine the appropriate best management practices that are technically supported for the sand mining industry to control pollutants within stormwater discharges. The rulemaking will define specific areas within the watershed that will be regulated and add a new chapter within the 30 TAC, Chapter 311 Watershed Protection Rules.
The original petitions for rulemaking are posted on the TCEQ website at the following links:
Posted by Bob Rehak on 11/10/2020
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