Texas Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Exports of hazardous waste: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.13

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Definitions: 30 TAC 335.13(h)

Waste Shipment Summary: 30 TAC 335.13(a) and 30 TAC 335.13(b)

International shipments: 30 TAC 335.76(b)

Exception reports: 30 TAC 335.76(c)

Annual report: 30 TAC 335.76(e)

Lead-acid batteries: 30 TAC 335.251

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

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. For exports and imports of hazardous waste to or from a foreign country, Texas follows the federal rules with several additional export requirements, including the requirement of the preparation of a Waste Shipment Summary. Although Texas and all states do not receive authorization to administer the federal hazardous waste export and import functions, the state is required to adopt the federal hazardous waste import/export requirements that are more stringent to maintain state authorization under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Administration and enforcement. The EPA administers and enforces the regulations for exports of hazardous waste to foreign countries from Texas. The TCEQ administers and enforces the regulation requiring annual reports from primary exporters. However, copies of the annual report also have to be submitted to the EPA. The TCEQ regulates the shipment of hazardous and nonhazardous industrial waste into or through Texas.

State Requirements

EXPORTS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE

Definitions

30 TAC 335.13(h)

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