The Small Business and Local Government Assistance program provides a comprehensive website with guidance on rules regarding air, water, and waste. The website offers industry specific tools, such as information on drought contingency planning, calculation tools, and important dates to remember.
SBLGA also offers free, one-on-one, confidential guidance. Compliance assistance specialists in all regions of the state are ready to speak or meet with you.
See the regional office listings to find your local contact or call the toll-free hotline at 800-447-2827.
The Advocate is a free quarterly publication that describes changes in environmental rules, compliance dates, and links to more information. You can subscribe to either print or electronic version by calling 800-447-2827.
Site Visit Program
Through a contracted environmental consultant, the TCEQ offers free, confidential, on-site, compliance assessments of:
- Individually owned and operated small businesses
- Facilities owned and operated by local governments
- Independent school districts
Those who demonstrate 100 percent compliance with the program requirements may receive a Compliance Commitment (C2) certificate and can earn up to a two-year exemption from routine investigations from the TCEQ, the EPA, and participating local entities.
The TCEQ organizes a group of volunteers, including consultants, engineers, and attorneys, who offer free and confidential services to small businesses, small local governments, and ISDs that are experiencing financial hardship. Visit the EnviroMentor website to see if you qualify for assistance or if you would like to volunteer.
For more information about any of these programs, visit the website or call the free hotline at 800-447-2827.
Since 2002, people in communities all over the world come together on June 8 to recognize the importance of the ocean that connects us all. 72% of the earth is covered by ocean.
The event has grown to now include educational events and beach clean-ups in over twenty countries. Last year’s highlights include:
Over 200 people in the Philippines picked-up over 1,000 pounds of trash off beaches and reef sites during a coastal clean-up.
Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC hosted over 6,000 attendees with kid-focused activities on water conservation, litter pickup, and sustainable seafood.
Texas events this year include celebrations at San Antonio Zoo, UT Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas State Aquarium, Houston Aquarium, and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park Dallas.
Did you know?
- A programmable thermostat can save up to $180 a year.
- You can save money by unplugging phone chargers and appliances. Electrical devices use some power even when turned off.
- Using a slow cooker or outdoor grill can also save you money. Your stove and oven heat up the house and cause your A/C to work harder.
- Lighting accounts for approximately 12% of a household’s annual electricity bill. Flip the switch!
Visit TakeCareOfTexas.org for more tips on how to save money this summer.
Texas Is Still in Drought, dual-sided in English and Spanish, is TCOT’s latest brochure encouraging Texans to conserve water and take the pledge. Order free copies to include in your mailings.
Look for consumer confidence reports this month in both mailbox and inbox. See TCEQ article for more information.