Texas Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): Texas Water Code (TWC) 26.001, TWC 26.028, and TWC 26.048

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CAFO regulations for permits: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 321.31 to 321.47

Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits: 30 TAC 321.36

Applicability: 30 TAC 321.33

Application process: 30 TAC 321.34

Non-CAFO operations: 30 TAC 321.47

Permit-by-rule: 30 TAC 106.161

Comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP): 30 TAC 321.42, 31 TAC 523.3, and 31 TAC 523.7

Memorandum of understanding (MOU): 31 TAC 523.5

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)

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 is authorized to implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, known as the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) in the state. As part of the TPDES program, Texas has assumed the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) program and uses the same definitions for small, medium, and large CAFOs as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Texas rules are more stringent in the area of application and maintenance of permits.

Texas has also established requirements for animal feeding operations (AFOs) that do not qualify as CAFOs.

Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers and enforces the TPDES permit program in Texas.

State Requirements


30 TAC 321.36

All CAFOs in the state are subject to the requirements of ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
Guidance Document