Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Rules Concerning the Definition, Treatment, and Disposition of Special Waste from Healthcare Related Facilities

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold a public hearing in response to stakeholder requests, to accept public comments on the proposed rules to amend 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 1, §§1.132 – 1.137, concerning the definition, treatment, and disposition of special waste from healthcare related facilities.   

The public hearing will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on November 9, 2016, in the Moreton Building, Room M-100, Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756. If the time allotted does not accommodate the number of persons who register to speak on or before 12 noon, DSHS will extend the public hearing to accommodate those registrants, however, that extension will only be until 5pm on that date. 

The public hearing will be structured for the receipt of oral or written comments by interested persons. Individuals may present oral statements when called upon in order of registration. There will be no open discussion during the public hearing. Comment time for each individual will be determined by the total number of persons registered to speak in the time allotted.  If time permits, comments will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker but may be further limited by DSHS if more registrants need to be accommodated.

DSHS is not extending the public comment period for these proposed rules, which were published in the September 30, 2016 issue of the Texas Register, (41 TexReg 7659-7665), however, DSHS will regard the comments received at the public hearing as part of the formal public comments received for the proposed rules.      

For additional information, contact Carolyn Bivens, P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 1911, Austin, Texas 78714-9347, (512) 776-2370, or carolyn.bivens@dshs.state.tx.us.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Anne Mosher at (512) 776-2780, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.  

Last updated November 2, 2016