Texas Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP): Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 361.601 to 361.613

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VCP Application Process: H&SC 361.606

Voluntary Cleanup Agreement: H&SC 361.606

Certificate of Completion: H&SC 361.609

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)'s VCP: 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 4.401 to 4.450

Application requirements: 16 TAC 4.415

Voluntary Cleanup Agreement: 16 TAC 4.425

Certificate of Completion: 16 TAC 4.440

Texas risk reduction program: 30 TAC 350.1 to 350.135

Innocent Owner Program: 30 TAC 333.34

Dry cleaner environmental response: 30 TAC 337.1 to 337.80

Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act: Texas Tax Code 312.211

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Waste Remediation Section

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Oil and Gas Division Site Remediation Section

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's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) was officially created by the Texas Legislature in 1995. The purpose of VCP is to provide incentives to remediate property by removing liability of future landowners and lenders and to provide a process by which voluntary response actions can be completed in a timely and efficient manner. For additional guidance, see the national section BROWNFIELDS.

Texas has also created and implemented other programs, both mandatory and discretionary, for specific types of contamination resulting from dry cleaners, oil and gas pollution, petroleum tanks, and hazardous and ...

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