The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ has approximately 2,900 employees, 16 regional offices, and a $480.7 million operating budget for the 2007 fiscal year (including both baseline and contingency appropriations). Most of the budget is funded by program fees ($409.8 million, or 85 percent). Federal funds provide $45.7 million, or 10 percent; state general revenue, including earned federal funds, provides $5.0 million, or 1 percent; and other sources provide the remaining $20.2 million, or 4 percent.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ has approximately 2,760 employees, 16 regional offices, and a $354 million operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year (including both baseline and contingency appropriations).
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.
To accomplish our mission, we will:
- base decisions on the law, common sense, good science, and fiscal responsibility;
- ensure that regulations are necessary, effective, and current;
- apply regulations clearly and consistently;
- ensure consistent, just, and timely enforcement when environmental laws are violated;
- ensure meaningful public participation in the decision-making process;
- promote and foster voluntary compliance with environmental laws and provide flexibility in achieving environmental goals; and
- hire, develop, and retain a high-quality, diverse workforce.
EEO Commitment: The TCEQ is an equal opportunity employer. The agency does not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.
The history of natural resource protection by the State of Texas is one of gradual evolution from protecting the right of access to natural resources (principally surface water) to a broader role in protecting public health and conserving natural resources for future generations of Texans.
Natural resource programs were established in Texas at the turn of the 20th century, motivated initially by concerns over the management of water resources and water rights. In parallel with developments in the rest of the nation, and at the federal level, state natural resource efforts broadened at mid-century to include the protection of air and water resources, and later to the regulation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste generation.
During the 1990s, the Texas Legislature moved to make natural resource protection more efficient by consolidating programs. This trend culminated in the creation of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in the fall of 1993 as a comprehensive environmental protection agency. Sunset legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in 2001 continued the agency until 2013 and changed its name to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. During the special session of the 81st Legislature (2009), legislation was adopted amending the 2013 date to 2011.