1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to permit exemptions under the Texas Clean Air Act for
1-3 construction or modification of certain facilities.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 382.057(a), Health and Safety Code, is
1-6 amended to read as follows:
1-7 (a) Consistent with Section 382.0511, the commission by rule
1-8 may exempt from the requirements of Section 382.0518 changes within
1-9 any [
a permitted] facility and certain types of facilities if it is
1-10 found on investigation that such changes or types of facilities
1-11 will not make a significant contribution of air contaminants to the
1-12 atmosphere. The commission by rule shall exempt from the
1-13 requirements of Section 382.0518 or issue a standard permit for the
1-14 installation of emission control equipment that constitutes a
1-15 modification or a new facility, subject to such conditions
1-16 restricting the applicability of such exemption or standard permit
1-17 that the commission deems necessary to accomplish the intent of
1-18 this chapter. The commission may not exempt any facility or any
1-19 modification of an existing facility defined as "major" under the
1-20 federal Clean Air Act or regulations adopted under that Act.
1-21 Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the
1-22 commission's general power to control the state's air quality under
1-23 Section 382.011(a).
1-24 SECTION 2. Not later than December 1, 1998, the Texas
2-1 Natural Resource Conservation Commission shall develop a voluntary
2-2 emissions reduction plan for the permitting of existing significant
2-4 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.
2-5 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the
2-6 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-7 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-8 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-9 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 3019 was passed by the House on May
16, 1997, by a non-record vote; that the House refused to concur in
Senate amendments to H.B. No. 3019 on May 25, 1997, and requested
the appointment of a conference committee to consider the
differences between the two houses; and that the House adopted the
conference committee report on H.B. No. 3019 on May 30, 1997, by a
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 3019 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 23, 1997, by a viva-voce vote; at the request of
the House, the Senate appointed a conference committee to consider
the differences between the two houses; and that the Senate adopted
the conference committee report on H.B. No. 3019 on May 31, 1997,
by a viva-voce vote.
Secretary of the Senate