Texas Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Industrial solid waste and municipal hazardous waste laws and rules: Solid Waste Disposal Act, Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 361.001 to 361.912 and regulations at 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 33, 30 TAC 39, 30 TAC 305, and 30 TAC 335

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Treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) permit rules: 30 TAC 335.2, 30 TAC 335.41 to 335.47, 30 TAC 39.351 to 39.425, 30 TAC 305.1 to 305.573, and 30 TAC 33.1 to 33.51

Air emissions standards: 30 TAC 335.152(a)(17) to (19) and 30 TAC 335.112(a)(19) to (21) (interim status)

Regulatory Agencies

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

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 hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; owners and operators of TSDFs; handlers of universal wastes; and handlers of used oil.

Texas has its own unique system for classifying hazardous wastes. There are no equivalent federal waste classifications. See the state section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for more information.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows TCEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Texas's hazardous waste management rules must have been at ...

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