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RP24 - Relating to the creation of a study committee to advise the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on issues related to the regulation and permitting of rock crushers and quarries.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003  •  Executive Order

BY THE
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
Executive Department
Austin, Texas
May 27, 2003

WHEREASthe Texas Clean Air Act is intended to safeguard the state's air quality from pollution by controlling or abating air pollution and emissions of air contaminants consistent with the protection of public health, general welfare and physical property, including the aesthetic enjoyment of clean air by the public and the maintenance of adequate visibility; and

WHEREASthe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is charged with implementing and enforcing the provisions of the Texas Clean Air Act; and

WHEREASthe provisions of the Texas Clean Air Act limit the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in its review of emissions of air contaminants from rock crushers; and

WHEREASthese limitations may not allow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to adequately address the concerns of all citizens regarding the construction and operation of rock crushers, including rock crushers operating in association with quarries; and

WHEREASit is in the interest of all citizens of this state that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality be authorized to consider an appropriate range of issues concerning authorizations for rock crushers, including rock crushers operating in association with quarries;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas,by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:

1. Creation. A joint committee to conduct a study on the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to consider all appropriate issues in permitting and regulating rock crushers, including rock crushers operating in association with quarries, is hereby created.

2. Composition. The joint committee shall consist of members appointed by the governor. The committee shall be made up of three members of the senate, three members of the house, and three members of the public. The governor may designate a member to serve as chair of the committee.

3. Support. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shall provide staff support for the study.

4. Report. The committee shall submit a full report, including findings and recommendations, to the Governor and the members of the 79th Texas Legislature no later than December 31, 2004.

This executive order supersedes all previous orders and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.

Given under my hand this the 27th day of May, 2003.

RICK PERRY
Governor

ATTESTED BY:
GWYN SHEA
Secretary of State

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