Texas Proposes Adopting New RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

Posted on 12/14/2015 by Roger Marks

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed amendments to its hazardous waste management requirements to match changes US EPA made to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program in 2014 and 2015. The proposal from TCEQ is a preliminary step in updating the State hazardous waste regulations.

To maintain authorization for enforcing hazardous waste standards in the state, Texas periodically updates its hazardous waste rules to reflect changes to the Federal RCRA requirements.

New Solid Waste Exclusions for Generators in Texas

Texas will update its Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) to include changes to the Federal RCRA rules effective as of January 13, 2015. The updated DSW provides an expanded scope of exclusions for certain secondary materials. To the adopted EPA standards, Texas will add an exclusion from regulation as solid waste for certain steel slag.

Updates for e-Manifests and CRTs

Other changes to the Texas hazardous waste requirements in this action include authorizing the use of electronic manifest (e-Manifests). EPA established e-Manifest requirements in the Federal Register on February 7, 2014. In addition, Texas has proposed rule changes to revise certain provisions for export, reuse, and recycling of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), to match RCRA revisions completed in June 2014.   

This is the second time this year that Texas will submit an authorization package to US EPA. In March, the state sent a package to adopt RCRA Rule Clusters XXI, XXII, and XXIII (including changes for managing solvent-contaminated rags or wipes), which EPA is currently reviewing.
The full proposal is available at TCEQ’s website.

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