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Relating to a prohibition of the land application of grease or grit
No fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
SB 2070 would prohibit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from issuing a permit, registration, or other authorization for land application of grease trap waste or grit trap waste, with certain exceptions. Grease traps are specialized tanks that capture the oil and grease in wastewater by slowing down the flow of water and allowing it to cool. Grease and solids are caught in the grease trap, while the cooler water continues to flow out of the trap and into the sewer.
It is our understanding that this legislation relates to one specific private company which was issued a TCEQ permit for land application of grit trap waste. There does not appear to be a scientific consensus on whether the permit has had a negative impact. It is our view that this bill is a violation of limited government because the legislature would be determining the fate of this permit which is supported by the current permit holder and opposed by the competition, essentially taking sides in a private dispute. Authority to grant the permit or not should remain vested in the TCEQ which is a neutral agency staffed with people whose job is to make scientifically-based rather than political decisions. For this reason we oppose SB 2070.