Texas Boilers and Industrial Furnaces regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Boilers and Industrial Furnaces: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Boilers and industrial furnaces (BIF): 40 CFR 266.100 to 266.112 and 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.221 to 335.225

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National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) from hazardous waste combustors: 40 CFR 63.1200 to 63.1213 and 30 TAC 113.620

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Federal rules governing the combustion of hazardous waste in boilers and industrial furnaces have been promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act. Applicable boilers and industrial furnaces must comply with the RCRA standards and the source-specific NESHAP, also known as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standard, for hazardous waste combustors. Texas has adopted by reference both the RCRA and MACT standards. For further information, see the national section BOILERS AND INDUSTRIAL FURNACES.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ administers and enforces the BIF and hazardous waste combustor rules in Texas.

Additional Guidance


For information on the handling and disposal of used oil in Texas, see the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT.


The installation of a commercial, industrial, or institutional boiler or a process furnace at a facility that does not burn hazardous waste typically requires an air quality permit. See the state section AIR EMISSIONS PERMITS for more information.

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