From changes in leadership to drought planning, the TCEQ had quite a year. Some facts and stats from fiscal 2012 include:
- amount of penalties paid: $11.4 million
- amount paid to Supplemental Environmental Projects: $2.5 million
- amount of Nonpoint Source Funding awarded for watershed protection: $4.1 million
- number of compliance reviews of public water systems conducted: 1,734
- increase in the number of drycleaner registrations: 435
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Until they were phased out in model 2003 vehicles, many American automobiles used switches that included mercury. These switches most often were used for the convenience lights found in the vehicle's trunk and under the hood.
If these mercury-containing switches are not removed from scrap vehicles, the mercury they contain can be emitted into the atmosphere when the vehicle is recycled.
The TCEQ’s voluntary program—using End of Life Vehicle Solutions—helps auto salvage facilities remove convenience switches from vehicles before they are shredded for recycling. For the most recent reporting period, a total of 68 facilities submitted annual reports. The 68 facilities that submitted the voluntary Annual Reporting Forms reported processing a total of 61,954 vehicles and removing a total of 33,973 switches.
Download and read the 2012 Mercury Convenience-Switch Collection Program Implementation Report.
This report to the 83rd Texas Legislature describes the TCEQ's Fiscal 2011 and 2012 programs, services, and results. It is published every December prior to a regular legislative session.
Download and read the report.
The TCEQ values your opinion on how we are doing and how we can improve—fill out a survey today. Go online, or request a paper copy by calling 800-687-4040.