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 follows the federal surface impoundment rules and adds state requirements concerning closure and facility permits and fees.
• Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the surface impoundment requirements in Texas.
The state closure rules for surface impoundments are more stringent than the federal rules. See the state section CLOSURE AND POST-CLOSURE PLANS for additional guidance.
FACILITY PERMIT AND FEES
Owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use surface impoundments for hazardous waste management must comply with additional permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.