March 12, 2021
Austin, TX — Today, Representative Biedermann (R‑Fredericksburg) filed HB 4341 , which would transfer aggregate production operations (APOs) from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). HB 4341 is the culmination of years of deliberations between the TCEQ, RRC and various stakeholders. The RRC will assume oversight of the APO Program for the State of Texas by no later than 2023. We are confident that the leadership of RRC will place additional emphasis on air quality for those in affected areas, and take seriously the health concerns of the public that arise from aggregate mining operations.
“APOs are crucial economic engines for this state and support important industries,” says Rep. Biederman, “However, a compelling interest is the health and safety of my constituents, and Texans across this state. Profitability and safety are not mutually exclusive concepts, and this bill reflects that belief.”
Transferring permitting and oversight authority of APOs between these two agencies would ensure continuity of operations, as the RRC currently administers open-pit mining. Additionally, the leadership of the RRC has shown demonstrable competence over the administration of related programs, and has earned the confidence of the APO industry and notable subject matter experts.