Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION
FOR TPDES PERMIT FOR MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
PERMIT NO. WQ0012675001
APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION. City of La Joya, P.O. Box H, La Joya,
Texas 78560, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
for a renewal of Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No.
WQ0012675001, which authorizes the discharge of treated domestic wastewater at
an annual average flow not to exceed 1,470,000 gallons per day. TCEQ received this
application on June 10, 2020.
The facility is located approximately 1.5 miles south-southwest of the intersection of Farmto-
Market Road 2521 and U.S. Highway 83, in Hidalgo County, Texas 78560. The treated
effluent is discharged directly to Rio Grande Below Falcon Reservoir in Segment No. 2302
of the Rio Grande Basin. The designated uses for Segment No. 2302 are primary contact
recreation, public water supply, and high aquatic life use. This link to an electronic map of
the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and is not pru.t of the
application or notice. For the exact location, refer to the application.
The TCEQ Executive Director has completed the technical review of the application and
prepared a draft permit. The draft permit, if approved, would establish the conditions under
which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision
that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The permit
application, Executive Director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for
viewing and copying at La Joya City Hall, 701 East Expressway 83, La Joya, Texas.
PUBLIC COMMENT/ PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or
request a public meeting about this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to
provide the opportunity to submit comments or to ask questions about the application.
TCEQ holds a public meeting if the Executive Director determines that there is a significant
degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public
meeting is not a contested case hearing.
OPPORTUNITY FORA CONTESTED CASE HEARING. After the deadline for
submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and
prepare a response to all relevant and material, or significant public comments. Unless the
application is directly referred for a contested case hearing, the response to comments
will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons who
are on the mailing list for this application. If comments are received, the mailing will
also provide instructions for requesting a contested case hearing or reconsideration of
the Executive Director’s decision. A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar
to a civil trial in a state district court.
TO REQUEST A CONTESTED CASE HEARING, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE
FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR REQUEST: your name, address, phone number;
applicant’s name and proposed permit number; the location and distance of your
property/ activities relative to the proposed facility; a specific description of how you
would be adversely affected by the facility in a way not common to the general public;
a list of all disputed issues of fact that you submit during the comment period; and
the statement “[I/we] request a contested case hearing.” If the request for contested
case hearing is filed on behalf of a group or association, the request must designate
the group’s representative for receiving future correspondence; identify by name and
physical address an individual member of the group who would be adversely affected
by the proposed facility or activity; provide the information discussed above regarding
the affected member’s location and distance from the facility or activity; explain how
and why the member would be affected; and explain how the interests the group seeks
to protect are relevant to the group’s purpose.
Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director
will forward the application and any requests for reconsideration or for a contested case
hearing to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission
The Commission may only grant a request for a contested case hearing on issues the
requestor submitted in their timely comments that were not subsequently withdrawn.
If a hearing is granted, the subject of a hearing will be limited to disputed issues of
fact or mixed questions of fact and law relating to relevant and material water quality
concerns submitted during the comment period. TCEQ may act on an application to
renew a permit for discharge of wastewater without providing an opportunity for a
contested case hearing if certain criteria are met.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACTION. The Executive Director may issue final approval of
the application unless a timely contested case hearing request or request for reconsideration
is filed. If a timely hearing request or request for reconsideration is filed, the Executive
Director will not issue final approval of the permit and will forward the application and
request to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission
MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a contested case hearing
or a reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision, you will be added to the mailing
list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the
Chief Clerk. In addition, you may request to be placed on: (1) the permanent mailing
list for a specific applicant name and permit number; and/or (2) the mailing list for a
specific county. If you wish to be placed on the permanent and/ or the county mailing list,
clearly specify which list(s) and send your request to TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk at
the address below.
All written public comments and public meeting requests must be submitted to the
Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O.
Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or electronically at www14.tceg.texas.gov/epic/
eComment/ within 30 days from the date of newspaper publication of this notice.
INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE. For details about the status of the application,
visit the Commissioners’ Integrated Database at www.tceg.texas.gov/goto/cid. Search the
database using the permit number for this application, which is provided at the top of this
AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. Public comments and requests must be
submitted either electronically at WWW14.tceg.texas.gov/epic/eComment/, or in writing
to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105,
P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Any personal information you submit to the
TCEQ will become part of the agency’s record; this includes email addresses. For more
information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ
Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040 or visit their website at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto /
pep. Si desea informaci6n en Espanol, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.
Further information may also be obtained from City of La Joya at the address stated above
or by calling Ms. Jackie Bazan, City Administrator, at 956-581-7002.
Issuance Date: November 25, 2020
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality