Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. Texas follows federal rules for hazardous substance storage with some additional rules for USTs and ASTs in protected aquifers. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.
In addition to federal laws that regulate ASTs, Texas has specific rules for ASTs containing petroleum products. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of AST rules in Texas.
Texas UST regulations are similar to the federal requirements. Texas has stricter notification, registration, and certification requirements, as well as UST installer registration and licensing rules and fees. See the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional information.
Texas adopts by reference the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for the storage and packaging of hazardous materials during ...