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 to 295.183

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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 295.181 to 295.183

Texas Nonmanufacturing Facilities Community Right-to-Know Act, 6 H&SC 507.001 to 507.013 and regulations at 25 TAC 295.181 to 295.183

Section 311—Chemical List: 25 TAC 295.182

Citizen access: 25 TAC 295.182(c)

Section 312—Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting: 25 TAC 295.181 to 295.183

Section 313—Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting: Texas Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Act, 5 H&SC 370.001 to 370.008

TRI fee: H&SC 370.008

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

Local fire departments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas follows the following federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting requirements, with some unique state-specific reporting procedures:

—Safety data sheet (SDS) or chemical list reporting (EPCRA Section 311);

—Tier II chemical inventory reporting (EPCRA Section 312); and

—Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting (EPCRA Section 313).

For more information on the aforementioned EPCRA reporting requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW.

The Texas community right-to-know laws are separated into three separate Texas Community Right-to-Know Acts (TCRAs): Manufacturing ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements