Instructor-Led Class
Illegal Dumping Enforcement
6 Continuing Education Hours

Heart of Texas Council of Governments
Illegal Dumping Enforcement Training Series

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This class is a complete review of the various ways that local governments can respond to and control illegal dumping in their jurisdictions. The class will focus on the following ways to control illegal dumping: (1) using municipal ordinances; (2) using health nuisance laws, especially THSC Sec. 341.013(c); (3) using the Texas Litter Abatement Act THSC Chapter 365; (4) controlling dumping into and adjacent to water through using TWC Secs. 7.145 and 7.147; (5) using other sections of TWC Chapter 7 [Subchapter E] to control dumping and mishandling of hazardous waste, medical waste, used motor pool, and lead-acid batteries; (6) local governments using civil suit powers provided in TWC Sec. 7.351. Various policy and officer safety issues involved in enforcing illegal dumping will also be addressed.

Who Should Attend
Local code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians; local peace officers; local health department officers; specialized environmental enforcement officers; fire marshals and firefighters; prosecutors; city and county staff and elected officials needing a good understanding of the approaches available to control illegal dumping; state agency officers needing a good understanding of the enforcement powers available to local governments.

Six (6) hours code enforcement/RS continuing education credits will be awarded for successful completion. For code enforcement officers, this class includes one hour in "Legal / Legislative Update Related to the Profession of Code Enforcement." Heart of Texas COG Law Enforcement Training Center will report peace officer's participation in this class (TCLEOSE 3880) for six continuing education hours.

Your instructor for this class is John Ockels, Ph.D, Director of Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. If you need to contact him for any reason, you can do so at