Texas’ effort to adopt updated RCRA hazardous waste regulations hit a major milestone last week, when TCEQ announced a schedule of deadlines to propose and finalize new hazardous waste rules under Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC).
Key RCRA changes in the forthcoming proposal include:
- EPA’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule,
- The Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest (e-Manifest) Fee Rule,
- Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) and recycling provisions changes,
- New management standards for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste, and
- The addition of aerosol cans to the universal waste program.
Lastly, Texas plans to adopt an exclusion for spent foundry sands from the iron and steel casting industry.
TCEQ’s anticipated schedule for this rulemaking process will start on July 14, 2021, when the agency proposes a hazardous waste rulemaking.
TCEQ plans to publish the proposed rule to the Texas Register
on July 30, 2021. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days, and a public hearing will be held on August 23. The final notice of adoption will be posted by December 31, 2021.
If all goes according to plan, the new RCRA rules will take effect on January 6, 2022.
Read on to learn more about the rulemaking, or visit TCEQ's website
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Original Text (Posted April 2021)
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has released a tentative schedule for a rulemaking to adopt major updates to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations—including the landmark Generator Improvements Rule.
Like most states, Texas is authorized to run its own RCRA hazardous waste program. To keep that authorization, the state must maintain hazardous waste rules that are at least as stringent as the Federal RCRA requirements.
What's In the RCRA Generator Improvements Rule?
In addition to re-organizing the RCRA regulations, EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule added stricter management requirements for hazardous waste generators, including but not limited to:
- Expanded contingency plan and emergency preparedness requirements;
- New marking/labeling requirements for hazardous waste containers and tanks;
- A re-notification requirement for large and small quantity generators; and
- Stricter requirements for incompatible wastes in satellite areas.
The GIR also clarified the recordkeeping requirements concerning hazardous waste determinations and added a new exclusion for episodic events
that generate hazardous waste (such as lab clean outs or spills).
Under Rule Project 2019-086-WS,
the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) plans to propose an update rule by the end of July 2021. TCEQ will collect public comments throughout August and publish an official notice of adoption by year’s end.
The rulemaking is expected to take effect in early 2021.
Also in this Rule Project: RCRA Pharma Rule and DSW
This rule project will adopt two other recent updates to the hazardous waste regulations as well: EPA’s management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP) and a revision to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) made in 2018.
The new standards for HWP prohibited discharge of pharmaceuticals into public sewer systems and created streamlined, mandatory management standards
for healthcare facilities and reverse distributors of pharmaceutical hazardous wastes. The restriction on sewer disposal is already in effect nationally.
The Definition of Solid Waste, which impacts recycling provisions for hazardous wastes, was updated in 2018 following a legal challenge to a previous DSW revision made in 2015. In brief, the 2015 rule created new requirements for recycling or reclaiming hazardous secondary materials.
A D.C. Circuit Court later invalidated parts of the 2015 rule, but upheld
new containment and contingency planning requirements.
Lion News covered the DSW revisions in more detail in June 2018.
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