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

Committee Members


  • 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.*

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


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.

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