Texas Characteristic Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste determination: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.504

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Process knowledge: 30 TAC 335.511

Regulatory Agency

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has adopted by reference the federal rules that define a waste that exhibits the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity as a hazardous waste. For a discussion of the federal rules, see the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE. Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, a generator may also use knowledge of the process that created the waste to further classify wastes. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for more information on how Texas classifies wastes.

Texas does not have EPA authorization to delist Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous wastes. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ administers and enforces the state's rules for identifying characteristic hazardous waste.

State Requirements


30 TAC 335.511

Texas requires waste generators to determine if their wastes are characteristic hazardous wastes by either using tests set up under the federal rules, or by applying the generator's knowledge of the process that created the waste.

Process knowledge must be documented and maintained ...

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