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House Committee on Environmental Affairs - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members
Bennie Bock II, Chair
Carlyle Smith, Vice Chair
Fred J. Agnich, Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters
Henry E. Allee
Ronald C. Bird
Jerry Clark
Frank Collazo, Jr.
Nolan 'Buzz' Robnett
Bill Sullivant
Tim Von Dohlen
Ed R. Watson
Charges
• Monitor the immediate and long-term effects on the coastal environment of the blowout of the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) oil well known as IXTOC 1. *
• Monitor the effects, immediate and long-term of the blowout, on the coastal environment.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleanup effort and the Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
• Review federal, state, and local policies regarding assistance for natural and manmade disasters.
• Determine if changes in state law are needed to address issues which include, but are not limited to, financial disaster aid.
• Review methods for local and/or state governments to dispose of hazardous chemicals in an economical and environmentally sound manner.
• Determine the feasibility of the issuance of joint permits for air and water quality to industries through interagency coordination in order to reduce paperwork, quicken the process and avoid bureaucratic duplication.
• Study the environmental, public safety, and economic impact of litter along Texas highways, streets and roads and recommend a plan for reducing litter that emphasized public education and incentives for anti-litter programs.
• Determine the economic and environmental impact of nuclear waste storage and disposal in and on Texas, with attention to the licensure of disposal facilities, safety regulations and standards, and local citizen approval of site selection.
• Monitor the impact of the State Implementation Plan under the 1977 Federal Clean Air Act, and determine the need, if any, for revisions of standards.
• Project the recreational needs of Texas for the remainder of the twentieth century and forecast urban park needs.
• Provide an update on the progress of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.*
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature. The agencies include:
Air Control Board
General Land Office and Veteran's Land Board
Parks and Wildlife Department
• Review the impact of legislation enacted during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature concerning saltwater fishing.
• Devise ways that state agencies can issue environmental permits and impact statements expeditiously.
* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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