Environmental Service & Solid Waste Management Program

Provded by Ark-Tex Council of Governments serving residents throughout the Texarkana, TX region!

Solid Waste

Under the authority of Subchapter 0 of the “Texas Solid Waste Management Regulations”, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) has prepared a Regional Solid Waste Management Plan for the Texas counties in our Region (Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus). The Regional Solid Waste Plan focuses on the reduction of the disposal of solid waste. Under the guidance of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, the plan defines long term goals and objectives, and provides funding to cities and counties for projects to meet those goals.

Water Quality

The Clean Rivers Program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is a state fee-funded program for water quality monitoring, assessment, and public outreach. It provides citizens the opportunity to approach water quality issues within a watershed or river basin at the local and regional level. River basin authorities in our region include the Sulphur River Basin Authority, Red River Authority and the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District.


The goal of this project is to coordinate the work of area environmental service firms to conduct Phase I and II site assessments. It will coordinate clean-up activities and other activities to encourage potential economic development and job creation, reuse of existing infrastructures, and overall will improve community needs, as well as encourage healthy and safe environments. ATCOG has again been awarded the EPA Brownfields Combined Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Assessment grant funds for grant period September 2009 through August 2012.

Lead Based Outreach and Training Project

The goal of this project is to educate low-income segments of the communities of the dangers of lead poisoning and to identify and reduce the likelihood of incidences of elevated blood-lead levels in residents with poor housing in the communities. Because many communities that are disproportionally affected by childhood lead poisoning contain under-served populations, EPA desires to reach communities that are new to lead awareness programs. As part of this effort, the current project’s goals are to decrease the number of children exposed to lead hazards and to increase the number of individuals who will be trained in lead-safe work practices. Homeowners, renters, contractors, do-it-yourself workers, and realtors will all be targeted with outreach and training on lead-safe work practices at the community level.

Small Business and Local Government Assistance

Resources that are available to assist small businesses and local governments comply with environmental regulations.

Recommended Documents

TCEQ Publications Catalog - available online in PDF or DOC format.  Printed publications can be ordered.

 SBLGA Resources on Oil and Gas

SBLGA Electronics Recycling

PST Operator Traning Advocate Article

TCEQ Rural Ombudsman

October 2020

TCEQ Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2021-2025, SFR-035/21 (new publication)

A legislatively mandated report submitted biennially to the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning and Policy and the Legislative Budget Board, which assesses TCEQ activities and plans for goals, objectives


Legislative Appropriations Request for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023, SFR-037/22 (new publication)

A legislatively mandated report submitted biennially to the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning, and Policy and other agencies.


Chief Auditor's Office Annual Report FY 2020, SFR-082/20 (new publication)

The internal audit annual report for fiscal year 2020, as required by Texas Government Code, Section 2102.009.


Capacity Report on Low-level Radioactive Waste, SFR-104/20 (new publication)

A report on the results of a TCEQ study related to low-level radioactive waste that may go to the compact waste disposal facility.


Status of Corrective Action at Petroleum-contaminated Sites, SFR-113/20 (new publication)

A report on the Petroleum Storage Tank State-Lead Program including the status of sites and recommendations on fees, programs, and activities to eventually conclude the program.


November 2020

Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review, 2019 Data Summary and Analysis, AS-187/20 (new publication)

Analyzes data submitted by municipal solid waste facilities each fiscal year to determine trends in the amounts and types of waste disposed of in Texas.


Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Contractor Handout, GI-406 (revised publication)

Building on the Edwards Aquifer? Added responsibilities and requirements apply.


Process Control Tests for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facilities, RG-002 (revised publication)

A guide with four tables listing the recommended process control tests that should be performed to effectively operate the most common type of domestic wastewater treatment facility.


Conditional No-Exposure Exclusion for Stormwater Runoff: A Guide for Industries Operating Under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000, RG-467 (revised publication)

Explains the no-exposure exclusion for industries operating under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit.


TCEQ Annual Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2020, SFR-045/20 (new publication)

A legislatively mandated report submitted annually to the Governor's Office, the Comptroller's Office, the Legislative Budget Board and the State Auditor's Office.


Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Biennial Report (2018-2020): A Report to the 87th Texas Legislature, SFR-079/20 (new publication)

Report to the 87th Texas Legislature that describes the TCEQ's Fiscal 2019 and 2020 programs, services, and results.


December 2020

Crystalline Silica: Ambient Air Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Health Impacts near Aggregate Production Operations, AS-202 (new publication)

Intended for the Legislature and the general public, this publication describes the issues related to crystalline silica emissions generated by APOs, and the air monitoring studies that evaluate their impact on the health of the surrounding community.


Commercial Management Facilities for Hazardous and Industrial Solid Wastes, GI-225 (revised publication)

List of facilities that are authorized by the TCEQ to manage industrial hazardous waste, industrial nonhazardous waste, or both. Includes not only facilities with permits but also those with interim authorizations as of July 2014.


2020 Emissions Inventory Guidelines, RG-360/20 (new publication)

Guide to the Emissions Inventory for industrial facilities that produce air emissions and must report their annual emissions to the TCEQ.


Watermaster Assessment Fee, RG-386 (revised publication)

Explains a fee paid by water right holders to support the activities of a watermaster, a state official who administers water rights. Texas has three watermaster areas, South Texas, Rio Grande, and Concho.


Unauthorized Discharges and Sanitary Sewer Overflows, RG-386 (revised publication)

A guide that clarifies the TCEQ's requirements for reporting unauthorized discharges and overflows from sanitary sewers.


Managing Small Domestic Wastewater Systems: Part C, Operation and Maintenance, RG-530c (revised publication)

Part 3 of a five-part guide for anyone involved in the management or operation of a small wastewater utility. Implementing an operation-and-maintenance program, common violations, model O&M manual, forms.


Annual Report of Nonfinancial Data, Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2020, SFR-072/20 (new publication)

TCEQ's legislatively mandated report of nonfinancial data for fiscal year 2020.


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) severe cold weather response webpage is available at the link below. It contains useful information for water utility operators and jurisdictional partners, including information on boil water notices, temporary suspension of related rules, sample collections and lab assistance, and other related guidance.



For additional information please contact Paul Prange at (903) 832-8636 or pprange@atcog.org.