More than 15 local, state and federal regulatory agencies oversee different aspects of the aggregate, concrete, cement and other associated industries in Texas. TACA member companies work closely with these agencies to ensure regulatory compliance and to support a consistent and predictable environmental permitting process.
The primary agency that regulates TACA industries is the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the agency delegated by the U.S. EPA to implement the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other federal environmental programs. Many other agencies regulate the industry as well, including EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mine Safety & Health Administration, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Whether running an aggregate operation, a concrete batch plant or a cement plant, TACA member companies must go through a robust permitting process and are subject to a stringent set of regulations, as well as public scrutiny. In addition, TACA members follow best practices to protect the environment and ensure that their operations work within – and often exceed – regulatory requirements.
TCEQ regulates groundwater quality, with local agencies regulating the amount of groundwater APOs use.State agencies, such as TCEQ, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and others, have regulatory oversight for activities relating to groundwater quality. Specifically, TCEQ establishes the level of water quality, regulating pollutants that may affect groundwater quality. However, local government regulates the spacing and production of water walls. There are nearly 100 local groundwater conservation districts operating throughout Texas, which regulate how much, how often and for what purpose groundwater can be used. APOs often recycle their water for an efficient and conservative use of this precious resource.
New or modified APOs using the state highway system must construct entrances and driveways to TxDOT standards.Truck traffic from new or expanding APOs is regulated under TxDOT requirements, especially those concerning driveway access to state highways. If, for example, a new turn lane or acceleration/deceleration lane is required, the APO must adhere to a “donation agreement,” making it responsible for construction of the road improvement according to TxDOT design requirements. APOs must pay for those road improvements.
Texans demand a growing infrastructure
Texas grows by 1,000 people a day
2 yards of concrete
*annually per capita
Aggregates are essential to everyday life
400 tons of aggregates
*National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
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