Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Waste
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. Texas has adopted by reference the federal lists of hazardous wastes. See the national section LISTED WASTES for the federal hazardous waste lists. However, unlike the federal rules, Texas refers to hazardous waste as either hazardous industrial waste or municipal hazardous waste. In addition, Texas has its own waste codes applicable to listed hazardous waste. See the state section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for hazardous waste class descriptions and a review of state waste codes.
If a waste cannot be identified in one of the state hazardous waste lists, it still might be hazardous because it exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. See the state section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for additional information.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides an exclusion (delisting) procedure, allowing persons to demonstrate that a listed waste from a particular generating facility should not be regulated as a hazardous waste. Texas does not have EPA authority to delist hazardous wastes. All delisting petitions must be filed with EPA Region 6. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Waste administers and enforces the ...