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Rep. Zwiener’s Pollutant Discharge Permit Bill Gets First Hearing  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin
04/02/2019

Austin, TX — State Representative Erin Zwiener today laid out House Bill 4116, which establishes a voluntary financial assurance program for permit holders under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Inspired by a contentious, multi-year conflict regarding Dripping Springs’ wastewater facility expansion and discharge permit, HB 4116 seeks to allow affected parties and permit applicants an avenue for compromise, flexibility, and public buy-in during discharge permit conflicts.

“HB 4116 would bring stakeholders in the community together by providing an avenue for upfront negotiations and consensus building while reducing the administrative headache that comes with a contested case,” said Rep. Zwiener. “I am hopeful that its success will help provide a model for future collaborative efforts in environmental permitting”

Rep. Zwiener stressed that the program is voluntary and not intended to override the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recommendations regarding the discharge of treated effluent.

“The goals here are flexibility and lowering cost,” Rep. Zwiener said. “We are not here to override the TCEQ’s recommendations on treated effluent nor to pass judgement on the practice. I simply hope communities can use this tool to expedite and improve the permit process.”

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