Participating Agencies

Texas Department of State
Health Services

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) leads the coordination of the Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee (TSCC).

DSHS’ mission is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

To learn more about DSHS’ participation in TSCC please contact:

Eric Lawrence at
Heidi Bojes at


Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) mission is to protect the state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. TCEQ's goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

The TCEQ participates as part of the TSCC in order to coordinate its activities with other state agencies while carrying out its mission. The TCEQ also serves as a resource in assisting other TSCC member agencies with issues concerning toxic substances and harmful agents.

To learn more about TCEQ’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Joseph Haney at


Texas Department of Agriculture

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The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

TDA is designated as the state’s lead agency in the regulation of pesticide use and application. TDA is responsible for licensing and training pesticide applicators, overseeing worker protection, registering pesticides for sale in the state and working to minimize unnecessary impacts to agriculture.

To learn more about TDA’s participation in TSCC please contact:
David Villarreal at


Texas Parks and Wildlife

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s (TPWD) mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

TPWD strives to be recognized as a national leader in implementing effective natural resources conservation and outdoor recreational programs.

To learn more about TPWD’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Alex Nuñez at
Cindy Hobson at


Railroad Commission of Texas

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The Railroad Commission of Texas’s (RRC) mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, concern for personal and community safety, and support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans.

The RRC is the state agency with primary regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and natural gas industry, pipeline transportation, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations.

To learn more about RRC’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Amanda Kindt at


Texas Department of Public Safety

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The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) mission is to protect and serve Texas.

DPS proactively protects and serves the citizens of Texas by combating crime and terrorism, enhancing highway and public safety, enhancing statewide emergency management, and enhancing public safety licensing and regulatory services.

To learn more about DPS’s participation in TSCC please contact:
Trevis Beckworth at