Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Waste
Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Texas does not have its own property transfer law and generally follows the federal rules for hazardous waste facilities. However, the state does require industrial solid waste facility and municipal hazardous waste facility owners and operators to make a notation on the property deed before waste disposal may take place. See the national section PROPERTY TRANSFER for more information about federal requirements.
The state may also place a lien on property to recover its expenses for any environmental cleanup, which lien may affect a clear title to the property at the time of transfer.
Texas also administers the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program, which includes requirements for transfer of ownership.
• Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Waste administers and enforces the recording and closure requirements in Texas. RRC is responsible for maintaining or renewing liens from time to time, as may be required under the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program.
Texas has established deed notation requirements for industrial solid waste, municipal hazardous waste, and municipal solid waste ...