Texas Hazardous Waste Treatment regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Hazardous Waste Treatment: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Treatment facility rules: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.152 and 30 TAC 335.112 (interim status)

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Treatment facility fees: 30 TAC 335.324 to 335.332

Chemical, physical, and biological treatment interim-status facility rules: 30 TAC 335.112(a)(16)

Thermal treatment interim-status facility rules: 30 TAC 335.112(a)(15)

Permitted treatment facilities:

Definition of hazardous waste treatment (processing): 30 TAC 335.1(122)

Generator on-site treatment rules: 30 TAC 335.69

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 the federal hazardous waste treatment rules and added several more stringent requirements. The state's more stringent hazardous waste treatment rules apply to definition of processing, surface impoundments, land treatment, and facility permits and fees.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the hazardous waste treatment rules in Texas.

State Requirements


Definition of Processing

30 TAC 335.1(122)

Unlike the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Texas refers to treatment of hazardous waste as "processing." The state's definition of "processing" parallels the EPA definition of "treatment" with additional language. Processing in Texas includes "the extraction of materials, transfer, volume reduction, conversion to energy, or other separation, and preparation of solid waste for reuse or disposal. This additional language allows the state to ...

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