You are invited to a stakeholder meeting to discuss two rule petitions submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on June 15 and June 23, 2020, regarding sand mining operations in the San Jacinto River watershed.
The stakeholder meeting will be held:
Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual Meeting via MS Teams Live Event
Prior to the meeting, an agenda, virtual meeting link, and an instructional document on how to participate in a Microsoft Teams Live Event will be sent to stakeholders.
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:
More information about the two rulemaking petitions and the upcoming stakeholder meeting is available at the following webpage: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/stormwater/sand-mining-rulemaking.
If you have any questions about the meeting or need additional information, please contact Macayla Coleman by email at Macayla.Coleman@tceq.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 239-3925. For email inquiries, please include the subject line “Sand Mine Rule Petitions.”
David W. Galindo, Director
Water Quality Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality