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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pollution control rules in Texas include leak detection standards as a safeguard to preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. The specific leak detection system standards vary, depending on the type of unit or facility.
Texas has adopted the federal leak detection rules and added requirements for landfills, land treatment facilities, and surface impoundments. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of general and federal leak detection requirements.
All hazardous waste landfills and surface impoundments must have a leak detection system as part of their liner system. Texas's liner requirements for hazardous waste landfills and surface impoundments follow the federal requirements with an additional standard for hazardous waste. The additional standard requires that the liner minimize the rate of migration of wastes out of the landfill to the adjacent subsurface soil, groundwater, or surface water to prevent a substantial present or ...