By:  Armbrister                                                   S.B. No. 1378
	(In the Senate - Filed March 13, 2003; March 19, 2003, read 
first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources; 
April 24, 2003, reported adversely, with favorable Committee 
Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 10, Nays 0; April 24, 2003, 
sent to printer.)

COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 1378                                   By:  Staples

relating to the disposal of brine from desalination operations. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 27, Water Code, is amended by adding Section 27.021 to read as follows: Sec. 27.021. PERMIT FOR DISPOSAL OF BRINE FROM DESALINATION OPERATIONS IN CLASS I WELLS. (a) The commission may issue a permit to dispose of brine produced by a desalination operation in a Class I injection well if the applicant for the permit meets all the statutory and regulatory requirements for the issuance of a permit for a Class I injection well. (b) The commission by rule shall provide for public notice and comment on an application for a permit authorized by this section. Notwithstanding Section 27.018, an application for a permit authorized by this section is not subject to the hearing requirements of Chapter 2001, Government Code. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.
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