Health & Safety Code Section 382.017
(a)The commission may adopt rules. The commission shall hold a public hearing before adopting a rule consistent with the policy and purposes of this chapter.
(b)If the rule will have statewide effect, notice of the date, time, place, and purpose of the hearing shall be published one time at least 20 days before the scheduled date of the hearing in at least three newspapers, the combined circulation of which will, in the commission’s judgment, give reasonable circulation throughout the state. If the rule will have effect in only a part of the state, the notice shall be published one time at least 20 days before the scheduled date of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the area to be affected.
(c)Any person may appear and be heard at a hearing to adopt a rule. The executive director shall make a record of the names and addresses of the persons appearing at the hearing. A person heard or represented at the hearing or requesting notice of the commission’s action shall be sent by mail written notice of the commission’s action.
(d)Subsections (a) and (b) notwithstanding, the commission may adopt rules consistent with Chapter 2001 (Administrative Procedure), Government Code, if the commission determines that the need for expeditious adoption of proposed rules requires use of those procedures.
(e)The terms and provisions of a rule adopted by the commission may differentiate among particular conditions, particular sources, and particular areas of the state. In adopting a rule, the commission shall recognize that the quantity or characteristic of air contaminants or the duration of their presence in the atmosphere may cause a need for air control in one area of the state but not in other areas. In this connection, the commission shall consider:
(1)the factors found by it to be proper and just, including existing physical conditions, topography, population, and prevailing wind direction and velocity; and
(2)the fact that a rule and the degrees of conformance with the rule that may be proper for an essentially residential area of the state may not be proper for a highly developed industrial area or a relatively unpopulated area.
(f)Except as provided by Sections 382.0171-382.021 or to comply with federal law or regulations, the commission by rule may not specify:
(1)a particular method to be used to control or abate air pollution;
(2)the type, design, or method of installation of equipment to be used to control or abate air pollution; or
(3)the type, design, method of installation, or type of construction of a manufacturing process or other kind of equipment.
Section 382.017 — Rules,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.382.htm#382.017 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).