Governing Law and Regulations
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 the hazardous waste disposal rules by reference and added several more stringent state provisions. The state's more stringent hazardous waste disposal rules apply to: the definition of disposal, surface impoundments, land treatment, landfills, and disposal facility permits and fees.
• Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the hazardous waste disposal rules in Texas.
DEFINITION OF DISPOSAL
30 TAC 335.1(44)
Texas has adopted the federal definition of disposal and added a phrase (noted in italics). Disposal is defined in Texas as "the discharge, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, or placing of any solid or hazardous waste whether containerized or uncontainerized into or on any land or water so that such solid waste or hazardous waste or any constituent thereof may enter into the environment or be emitted into the air or discharged into any waters, including groundwaters."
The phrase "whether containerized or uncontainerized" recognizes that even if hazardous waste is properly secured in containers, such as drums, the act of placing a drum at a disposal facility (a landfill) is considered a disposal action regulated by TCEQ.