The introduction orients the reader to your
“This is a guidance document about scrap tire
They also usually contain a disclaimer.
This disclaimer is not just bureaucratic
jargon. It serves as an important reminder.
The purpose of this disclaimer is to make the role of a
guidance document clear. It is not a rule,
but the agency’s attempt to explain a rule.
Why is it important that a guidance document is not a rule?
Because guidance documents are not formally adopted
through the process of rule-making:
publication in the Texas Register.
Because it is not a rule, it is not legally binding.
Also, a guidance
document is not designed to constitute legal
advice to a regulated entity. It
is an “official” interpretation of a rule
or policy. But it may not
tell the regulated entity everything it needs to know or do in order to comply with the rules
in their particular situation.