Texas Hazardous Waste Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Hazardous Waste Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste tank management rules: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.152(a)(8) and 30 TAC 335.112(a)(9) (interim status)

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

Tank management requirements for hazardous waste small quantity generators (SQGs): 30 TAC 335.53(e)

Tank management requirements for hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs): 30 TAC 335.53(f)

Regulatory Agency

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

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas adopts by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Texas as of February 3, 2022, which includes standards for generators accumulating hazardous waste on-site in tanks. The state’s requirements for tanks that store or treat hazardous waste are the same as the federal requirements. In addition, owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use tanks for hazardous waste storage or treatment must comply with additional permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees.

Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the hazardous waste tank requirements in Texas.

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