Being the owner of an environmental, health and safety consulting business, you can bet that I’ve been watching the Trump administration closely to see how their anti-regulation agenda might impact OSHA, EPA and TCEQ rules and regulations.

Trump’s agenda is to “roll back regulations that bloat government and kill jobs.”  On February 24h, he signed an Executive Order to set the agenda in motion.

In the last 2 weeks Trump and Congress rolled back a couple of OSHA rules, and the administration has also rolled back several climate change laws.  The OSHA changes impact TX Manufacturers, but the climate change rule changes don’t.  If interested, checkout my profile later in the week where I plan on posting a short summary of these changes, as well as a commentary on how these roll-backs might put workers and the environment at risk in a new way.

But back to the main point of this post:  Trump’s regulation roll-back policy has finally trickled it’s way down to Texas.  The TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) is holding a webinar stakeholder meeting where attendees can say which environmental rules and regulations should be repealed, replaced or modified, consistent with applicable law.

If you feel like any of the environmental laws which impact Texas Manufacturers are overly burdensome or unnecessary, now’s your chance to voice your opinion.  Some of the more common applicable regulations include Storm Water Permits/Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Spill Prevention Control & Counter Measure (SPCC), Air Emission Authorizations such as PBRs/Title V Air Permits/NSR Permits, Hazardous Waste Management Regulations, and Hazardous Materials reporting such as TRI and Tier II.

More details can be found here:

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm Eastern DST via webinar.  Those who wish to participate must contact Joan B. Rogers (202-564-6568 or