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Environmental Engineering | Geology | Consulting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2017
Contact: Andrea Morrow
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced today the appointment of Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D. as chairman of the agency’s EPA Science Advisory Board, which provides advice to the administrator on broad scientific matters. “I am pleased and honored to bring my knowledge and experience to this prestigious panel,” says Honeycutt. “It is my goal to direct the other members of the SAB to bring sound science to the reviews that we will make in advising the administrator.” Dr. Honeycutt is the director of the Toxicology Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He has been employed by the TCEQ since 1996 and has managed the division of 14 toxicologists since 2003. He is no stranger to reviewing technical information since his responsibilities include overseeing health effects reviews of air permit applications, overseeing the review of the results of ambient air monitoring projects, and overseeing the reviews of human health risk assessments for hazardous waste sites.
Honeycutt spearheaded the updating of TCEQ’s Effects Screening Levels, or toxicity factors for chemicals. The current TCEQ ESL derivation procedure has been through two independent external scientific peer reviews and multiple rounds of public comment.
Honeycutt brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Currently, he serves as a technical resource for TCEQ management and staff on issues concerning air and water quality, drinking water contamination, and soil contamination. He also serves as an expert witness in public and state legislative hearings, participates in public meetings, and has conducted hundreds of media interviews.
In addition, Honeycutt is an adjunct professor in two departments at Texas A&M University. He has published numerous articles in the peer-reviewed literature, serves or has served on numerous external scientific committees, and has provided invited testimony at Congressional hearings—experience that will serve him well in his new position where he will review research used in EPA decision-making.
As of February 1, 2018, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD) will begin requiring all applicants to submit permit-by-rule (PBR) and standard permit (STDP) registration applications via ePermits.
This requirement will not apply to Concrete Batch Plants, Rock and Concrete Crushers, Hot Mix Asphalt Plants, Polyphosphate Blenders, or portables. Submittal of these application types is not yet available through the ePermits system.
Additional information on the background of ePermits, as well as detailed steps on using ePermits, can be found here: www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/air/nav/nsr_news.html
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced today that the agency is now accepting applications for grants to help defray the costs of building or modifying alternative fueling facilities. Up to $6 million is available to businesses and individuals who qualify.
The facilities will serve as the foundation of a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel in Texas. Developing this network of facilities will create jobs, ensure viable use of clean energy, and will help reduce both air pollution and dependence on fossil fuels.
Grants under the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas and/or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, methanol, propane, and electricity.
Grants are available in certain parts of the state. A map and list of eligible counties is available on the AFFP web page.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.
The TCEQ has scheduled seven AFFP grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process.
For more information on the grant programs and to access up-to-date information on the application criteria and process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of the application form, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).
The TCEQ is excited to release an updated Modeling and Effects Review Applicability (MERA) Guidance Document with the primary intent of increasing ease of use and clarity.
The updated document includes limited technical changes and additional opportunities for streamlining the health impacts review process while continuing to ensure the protection of human health and welfare. In restructuring the document, some of the less frequently used steps have been removed; however, applicants may continue to request the use of these former steps for a case-by-case analysis.
Questions or comments may be submitted through October 15, 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The final guidance is anticipated to be released at the end of November.
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