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Senate Committee on Natural Resources - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members
A.R. 'Babe' Schwartz, Chair
Lindon Williams, Vice Chair
Tom Creighton
Ray Farabee
Glenn Kothmann
Walter Mengden
W.N. 'Bill' Patman
Bob Price
E.L. Short
Carlos F. Truan
R.L. 'Bob' Vale
Charges
• Study hazardous waste and toxic waste disposal in Texas; access the risk that existing toxic waste sites pose; review current waste disposal and waste management laws, and make recommendations. *
• Study all aspects of the regulation of the disposal of uranium mill tailings; the problem of the disposal of low-level radioactive waste and problems concerning the disposal of toxic industrial waste.
• Study the hazards affecting the Texas coastal areas and the Gulf of Mexico, including hazards such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, subsidence, erosion and ground faults. *
• Investigate ways to reduce the risk of maritime accidents, and better manage shipping in or near Texas ports. *
• Investigate ways in which the state can encourage energy conservation and energy efficient construction practices.*
• Study the obstacles to developing solar energy and wind energy resources, and suggest possible legal or regulatory changes which would promote the use of solar and wind energy sources.
• Review the methods used for rate design, and the impact of rate structure on energy production and energy use.
• Suggest ways that the state could reduce use of gasoline and other fuel for transportation.*
• Investigate future demands of agriculture, and suggest legislative alternatives to encourage the growth of agricultural production.*
• Analyze Texas laws' impact on small-scale hydroelectric development and recommend possible legislative action.*

Note:
Originally appointed on 1/9/1979, then new appointment announced 1/15/1979 (Senate Journal, 66th Legislature, p. 74), superseding previous appointment.
Charged by SR 748.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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