Texas Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Texas Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991 (OSPRA), Texas Natural Resources Code (TNRC) 40.001 to 40.304

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Water Quality Control: Texas Water Code (TWC) 26.001 to 26.459

Oil spill prevention and response: 31 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 19.1 to 19.63

Facility certification: 31 TAC 19.12

Certification fee: 31 TAC 19.12(j)

Terms and renewals: 31 TAC 19.12(k)

Facility exemptions: 31 TAC 19.12(l)

Discharge Prevention and Response Plan (DPRP) requirements: 31 TAC 19.13

Audits, drills, and inspections: 31 TAC 19.18

Person-in-charge: 31 TAC 19.16

Waivers: 31 TAC 19.4

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Assessment

Texas General Land Office (GLO) Oil Spill Prevention and Response Department

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

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 has established some state-specific spill prevention plan requirements in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information on the federal requirements. In addition, Texas requires waterfront and offshore oil storage facilities to be certified by the state. Certification requirements include the development and implementation of a facility Discharge Prevention and Response Plan (DPRP).

The TCEQ specifies certain required actions when owners and operators respond to spills or discharges of hazardous substances, ...


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