U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
Public Notice of Public Meeting, Public Hearing and Request for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program Authorization for Oil and Gas Discharges
This is a notice informing the public that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 will conduct a virtual public meeting and a virtual public hearing for the State of Texas’ application for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) authority for discharges from produced water, hydrostatic test water and gas plant effluent, hereafter referred to as oil and gas discharges, within the State of Texas (“application for NPDES oil and gas authorization” or “the application”). The Governor of Texas submitted the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization, seeking approval for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement a major category partial NPDES program as provided for under the Clean Water Act. Today, the EPA is providing public notice of the State’s submittal of the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization and of both a public hearing and public comment period on the State’s submission. The EPA will either approve or disapprove the State’s request for program authorization after considering all comments received. If approved, the NPDES authority for oil and gas discharges within the State of Texas will transfer from the EPA to the TCEQ upon the date of program approval.
For more information please visit: https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices. Note that notice of this action and the associated public comment period including intent to hold a virtual public hearing and public meeting was originally posted on this site and a notice published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2020.
The Presiding Officer designated by the Regional Administrator of EPA, Region 6, will conduct a virtual public hearing on the State’s request for NPDES program authorization, with a virtual public information meeting and question and answer session prior to the public hearing, at the locations below:
Date: January 5, 2021
Time: Virtual Public Meeting: 4:00PM CST – 6:00PM CST
Time: Virtual Public Meeting 6:00PM CST – 8:00PM CST
Registration for the hearing will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices. Any person requiring special arrangements should notify EPA through the contact person listed below within ten (10) days of this notice. The virtual public hearing will be held in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 124.12. At the virtual public hearing, any person may submit oral or written statements and data concerning the State’s application. Any person who cannot attend the virtual public hearing may still submit written comments through the end of the comment period.
All comments must be posted to the www.regulations.gov website under docket EPA-R06-OW-2020-0608 by the end of the public comment period on January 11, 2021.
For more information, please contact Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at (214) 665-7515 firstname.lastname@example.org.