Honorable Patricia Harless, Chair, House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1873 by Simmons (Relating to a limitation on the expansion of certain landfills.), As Introduced
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend Chapter 361 of the Health and Safety Code to provide that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) may not approve an application for the issuance, amendment, or renewal of a permit that seeks to expand the area or capacity of a landfill unless approved by resolution or order by the governing bodies of each affected local government. TCEQ would be required to provide members of the legislature who represent the district containing the landfill with an opportunity to comment; and must consider those comments. Based on the applicability criteria, the provisions would currently apply to Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Tarrant, and Travis counties.
TCEQ indicated changes to rules, policies, and procedures regarding the submittal, evaluation, and approval of applications for new permits and permit amendments for Type I municipal solid waste landfills located in affected areas would be necessary. In addition, TCEQ would need to develop a method for determining which local governments have jurisdiction for affected applications. TCEQ anticipates any additional work could be reasonably absorbed within current resources.
Local Government Impact
According to the analysis by TCEQ, there could be costs to the affected local governments that chose to conduct administrative and technical reviews of the applications; however, the amounts would vary depending on how a resolution or order is developed, current processes, the number of reviews conducted, and the costs incurred for the reviews.