Texas Contingency Plan regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Contingency Plan: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) contingency plan rules: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.152(a)(3), 30 TAC 335.153, 30 TAC 335.112(a)(3), and 30 TAC 335.113 (interim status)

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Large quantity generator (LQG) contingency plan rules: 30 TAC 335.69(a)(4)(A) and 30 TAC 335.69(a)(4)(C)

State rules for emergency coordinators: 30 TAC 335.153 and 30 TAC 335.113 (interim status)

Immediate notification: 30 TAC 335.69(a)(4)(C), 30 TAC 335.153(2), and 30 TAC 335.113(2) (interim status)

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Compliance and Enforcement

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has adopted by reference the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) contingency plan requirements for hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs) and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) and added a notification requirement.

Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the contingency plan requirements in Texas.

State Requirements

IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATION

30 TAC 335.69(a)(4)(C), 30 TAC 335.153(2), and 30 TAC 335.113(2) (interim status)

In addition to complying with the federal requirements to immediately notify either the government official designated as the on-scene coordinator for that geographic region or the National Response Center of a fire, explosion, or other release that could threaten human health or the environment outside the facility, TSDFs and LQGs must immediately notify the TCEQ reporting line at 800-832-8224.


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