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Senate Committee on Natural Resources - 76th R.S. (1999)

Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Challenge of meeting federal air standards
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : the challenge of meeting federal air quality standards.
Subjects: Air pollution | Air quality | Clean Air Act | Emissions | Ground level ozone |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219c
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [112 pages  File size: 456 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the challenges Texas faces in meeting federal air quality standards under the Clean Air Act, and the implications of non-attainment on future economic growth. The Committee shall assess the impact that federal vehicle, fuel, engine, aircraft and other standards have on the state's ability to meet the Clean Air Act requirements. The Committee shall also study the connection between air quality and such related issues as transportation conformity and funding.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Economic impact of port regionalization and expansion
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : the economic impact of port regionalization and expansion.
Subjects: Economic development | Ports |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219e
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [74 pages  File size: 860 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine issues related to port expansion and growth, including the implementation of SB 1665, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the authority of certain navigation districts to acquire land, equipment, or improvements and issue bonds. The Committee shall study the potential economic impact of losing cargo to other states due to inadequate port infrastructure. The Committee shall examine the statutory and constitutional powers granted to those political subdivisions with jurisdiction over ports and which are organized pursuant to Article 16, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution. The Committee shall determine how regional port cooperation might assist in easing congestion at current ports and cargo exchange terminals. The Committee shall measure the success of other state, national, or international efforts to regionalize port planning and expansion.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Implementation of SB 7 and SB 766
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : implementation of SB 7 and SB 766.
Subjects: Agricultural policy | Agriculture | Air pollution | Air quality | Clean Air Act | Electric utility deregulation | Emissions | Environmental permits | Grandfathered industrial facilities | Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Voluntary Emissions Reduction Program |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219i
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 564 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Monitor the implementation of the following bills enacted during the 76th Legislature, Regular Session: HB 2, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to agriculture and state agriculture policy; and SB 766, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the issuance of certain permits for the emission of air contaminants. The Committee shall also assess, monitor and report on the qualitative and quantitative impacts resulting from the environmental provisions of SB 7, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to electric utility restructuring and to the powers and duties of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Office of Public Utility Counsel, and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Oil & gas production
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : future of the Texas oil and natural gas production industry.
Subjects: Abandoned oil wells | Alternative energy | Natural gas | Natural gas industry | Oil industry | Oil production | Severance taxes |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219p
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [53 pages  File size: 244 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the future of the Texas oil and natural gas production industry. The Committee shall identify existing impediments to exploration and production, and examine whether incentives should be offered to help Texas producers capitalize on the expected increase in natural gas demand in coming years. The Committee shall also analyze the effectiveness of the well plugging and remediation program of the Texas Railroad Commission.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Opportunities and challenges facing the Texas coastal region
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : opportunities and challenges facing the Texas coastal region.
Subjects: Coastal Bend | Coastal protection |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219o
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [85 pages  File size: 1,719 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Identify and characterize opportunities and challenges facing the Texas Coastal Region, recognizing that the Region will experience significant population growth and economic development within the state's foreseeable future. The Committee shall recommend strategies to ensure progress in the Coastal Region without diminishing the quality of life and natural resources within the Region.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: River authorities
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Subjects: River authorities | Rivers | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 3,420 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review the missions and roles of all Texas river authorities, including their powers and duties, financing, fee structures, service areas, board composition, relationships with other river authorities, competition with private sector service providers, communities they serve, and roles in and contributions to the state's water plan.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Storage and disposal options for low-level radioactive waste
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : storage and disposal options for low-level radioactive waste.
Subjects: Radioactive waste | Solid waste disposal |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219s
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [27 pages  File size: 764 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the necessity for storage and disposal options for low-level radioactive waste. The Committee shall examine Texas' obligations under the Texas-Maine-Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact, the status of other federally formed compacts, the practicality of assured isolation facilities, the feasibility of underground disposal operations, and the viability of public-private ventures and other licensing issues.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Texas Groundwater Resources
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : Texas groundwater resources.
Subjects: Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Rule of capture | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219g
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [85 pages  File size: 2,131 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Develop a comprehensive study of the state's groundwater resources, keeping a strong focus on the need for conservation. The Committee shall examine a regional approach to groundwater management, inventory the availability of groundwater, and consider the future regulation of groundwater and the role of groundwater districts.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - River authority surveys
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r surveys
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)

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