Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee
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Particpating Agencies  

Texas Department of State Health Services

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) leads the coordination of the Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee (TSCC).

DSHS’ mission is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

To learn more about the Texas Department of State Health Services please visit:state health department logo
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/

To learn more about DSHS’ participation in TSCC please contact:
Laura Morse at laura.morse@dshs.texas.gov


Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

TDA is designated as the state’s lead agency in the regulation of pesticide use and application. TDA is responsible for licensing and training pesticide applicators, overseeing worker protection, registering pesticides for sale in the state and working to minimize unnecessary impacts to agriculture.department of agriculture logo

To learn more about the Texas Department of Agriculture please visit:
https://texasagriculture.gov/

To learn more about TDA’s participation in TSCC please contact:
David Villarreal at david.villarreal@texasagriculture.gov



Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) mission is to protect the state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. TCEQ's goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

The TCEQ particpates as part of the TSCC in order to coordinate its activities with other state agencies while carrying out its mission. The TCEQ also serves as a resource in assisting other TSCC member agencies with issues concerning toxic substances and harmful agents.
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To learn more about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality please visit:
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/

To learn more about TCEQ’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Joseph Haney at joseph.haney@tceq.texas.gov



Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s (TPWD) mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

TPWD strives to be recognized as a national leader in implementing effective natural resources conservation and outdoor recreational programs.parks and wildlife logo

To learn more about Texas Parks and Wildlife please visit:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/

To learn more about TPWD’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Alex Nuñez at alex.nunez@tpwd.texas.gov



Texas Railroad Commission

The Railroad Commission of Texas’s (RRC) mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, concern for personal and community safety, and support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans.

The RRC was created by the State in 1891 to regulate private railroads. Over the years, the RRC’s jurisdiction grew to encompass many activities: oil and gas production and transportation (1919), gas utilities (1920), liquefied petroleum gas (1939), surface mining and reclamation (1976), and alternate fuels research (1991). The Railroad Commission serves the state of Texas through sound regulation affecting the economics, health, safety, and protection of the state’s natural resources. Jurisdiction or authority over railroads was transferred to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2005. The RRC is headed up by three statewide elected officials.

The RRC’s Oil and Gas Division oversees the exploration, production, and cleanup of oil and natural gas sites in Texas. The RRC regulates oil field injection and disposal wells under a federally-approved program, including permitting, annual reports, and tests. The Commission also promotes and enforces an underground pipeline damage prevention program for Texas. The Pipeline Safety department works to enforce compliance with federal and state laws and regulations by pipeline operators. The Pipeline Safety department encourages efficient, economical, and safe pipeline industry by ensuring compliance with state and federal safety regulations and promoting public safety and awareness. The RRC also operates programs to license, encourage safety, provide training and public outreach on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, propane), compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Surface Mining Division oversees permitting of coal/lignite mining and the cleanup of abandoned mines in the state. The RRC coal mining regulations ensure that mined land is returned to a condition that is as good as, or better than, it was before mining. Railroad Commission logo


To learn more about the Texas Railroad Commission please visit:
http://www.rrc.texas.gov/

To learn more about RRC’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Amanda Kindt at amanda.kindt@rrc.texas.gov




Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) mission is to protect and serve Texas.

DPS proactively protects and serves the citizens of Texas by combating crime and terrorism, enhancing highway and public safety, enhancing statewide emergency management, and enhancing public safety licensing and regulatory services.Public Safety logo

To learn more about the Texas Department of Public Safety please visit:
http://www.dps.texas.gov/index.htm

To learn more about DPS’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Brady Mills at brady.mills@dps.texas.gov