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 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.
PERMITTED TREATMENT FACILITIES
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 ...