Texas Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Groundwater protection and cleanup: Texas Water Code (TWC) 26.401 to 26.408

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Hazardous waste facilities: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.156 to 335.165

Interim-status hazardous waste facilities: 30 TAC 335.116 to 335.117

Priority management areas: 30 TAC 294.30 to 294.44

Groundwater management plan: 31 TAC 356.51, 31 TAC 356.52, and 31 TAC 356.53

Water supply sources: 30 TAC 230.1

Certification availability: 30 TAC 230.3

Hazardous waste: 30 TAC 335.161 and 30 TAC 335.165

Interim-status treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): 30 TAC 335.117

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and groundwater: 30 TAC 321.39

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration Water Quality Division

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 has established regulations for establishing priority management areas for groundwater, as well as for protecting groundwater sources of drinking water through a certification program. A groundwater management plan must be submitted to the administrator. If there is a conflict between a district management plan and the state water plan, it can be resolved through mediation.

Texas groundwater monitoring requirements are generally the same as the federal requirements for hazardous waste facilities, except that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) may request additional monitoring and sampling information, and quarterly or annual monitoring reports will be required for each facility. The ...

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