Texas Community Right to Know regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Community Right to Know: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Texas Manufacturing Facility Community Right-to-Know Act, 6 Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 505.001 to 505.016 and regulations at 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 295.181

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Texas Public Employer Community Right-to-Know Act, 6 H&SC 506.001 to 506.017 and regulations at 25 TAC 295.182

Texas Nonmanufacturing Facilities Community Right-to-Know Act, 6 H&SC 507.001 to 507.013 and regulations at 25 TAC 295.183

Texas Hazard Communication Act, 6 H&SC 502.001 et seq. and regulations at 25 TAC 295.1 to 295.13

Section 312—Chemical Inventory:

Tier Two reporting: 25 TAC 295.181 to 295.183

Citizen access: 25 TAC 295.182(c)

Penalties: 25 TAC 295.183

Section 313—Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting: Texas Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Act, 5 H&SC 370.001 to 370.009

TRI fee: H&SC 370.008

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)

Local fire departments

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 follows the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) regulations, with additional reporting and fee requirements for EPCRA Section 312 Tier Two reporting and Section 313 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. For a review of federal requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW.

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