Austin, Texas
                    FISCAL NOTE, 76th Regular Session
                              April 17, 1999
          TO:  Honorable Warren Chisum, Chair, House Committee on
               Environmental Regulation
        FROM:  John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
       IN RE:  SB 766 by Brown, J. E. "Buster" (relating to the issuance
               of certain permits for the emission of air contaminants),
               Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted
*  No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.        *
The bill would provide authority to the Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to adopt rules to set de minimis levels
of air contaminants, below which no air quality preconstruction
authorization would be necessary.  The bill would establish procedures
for the TNRCC to issue standard permits outside the rulemaking process
and allow issuance of emissions permits through environmental mitigation
projects.  A permit by rule would be authorized when the TNRCC finds that
certain types of facilities would not make a significant contribution to
air contaminants.

The bill would create a voluntary emission reduction permit process for
unpermitted, grandfathered facilities with a September 1, 2001 permit
application deadline.  The bill would authorize the TNRCC to issue
multiple plant permits for multiple existing facilities owned or operated
by the same person or persons under common control.

The TNRCC projects that the workload associated with implementing the
provisions of the bill would be reasonably absorbed with existing
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is
Source Agencies:   582   Natural Resource Conservation Commission
LBB Staff:         JK, DE, NS