The Texas General Land Office announces that proposed regulation changes have been published in the Texas Register August 23, 2002 edition. The effected regulations include 31 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 19 concerning facility certification, facility response plan requirements and definitions pertaining to coastal facilities. The proposed changes are expected to significantly lessen facility regulatory requirements by eliminating the current plan submission scheme and substantially reducing the cost of acquiring a discharge prevention and response certificate. Further, the proposed new regulations clarify plan requirements, redefine the term “waterfront”, and establish an interactive web-based facility information account system for supplying facility emergency response information to the Land Office via the internet.
The proposed rules may be viewed at http://lamb.sos.state.tx.us/texreg. Effective as of the date of the publication, there is established a 30-day comment period for the regulated community and the public to submit opinion. Questions regarding the proposed regulations may be forwarded in writing to email@example.com.