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Two Texas Businesses Pay $74K for IHW Violations

Posted on 1/15/2021 by Roger Marks

This month, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved enforcement actions against two businesses for allegedly violating Texas' unique requirements for industrial and hazardous waste management and disposal.

A facility that performs maintenance on oil field vehicles and machinery faced a $34,221 civil penalty for allegedly mishandling used oil and other chemicals with proper authorization. The enforcement action concerns twenty-two shipments of Class I industrial waste that were sent to unauthorized facilities for disposal.

TCEQ also alleges that the facility failed to make a proper notification of generation and disposal of industrial solid waste (ISW).   

TCEQ also approved a penalty of $37,362 for a dewatering and compost processing plant in San Patricio County for allegedly accepting industrial wastewater sludge for disposal without proper authorization.

On both enforcement actions, the civil penalties were “enhanced” to capture the avoided compliance costs.

TCEQ proposed significant increases to its penalty policy for environmental and hazardous/industrial waste violations in September 2020.

Join a Lion instructor for live annual RCRA training and learn the unique industrial waste rules for Texas facilities when Lion presents live webinars in February 2021. 
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Feb. 2–3
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher Feb. 9
Texas Hazardous & Industrial Waste Management  Feb. 10

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Latest RCRA Rule Updates for Texas

Hazardous waste generators in Texas—and elsewhere—are waiting for the state to adopt major changes to the RCRA regulations from EPA’s 2016 Generator Improvements Rule. Texas is working on it.

A rulemaking project is in progress now in Texas to adopt the RCRA Generator Improvements, under Project Number 2019-086-3350-WS. Lion continues to monitor hazardous and industrial waste news from Texas and will update you when a proposed rulemaking is available.

In addition to adopting changes made in the 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, the rule project will revise Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 335 (30 TAC 335) to incorporate new Federal regulations for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and EPA’s 2018 Definition of Solid Waste Rule.

In June 2020, Texas adopted three revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations made by EPA between 2015 and 2018. Among the rules adopted is the exemption from RCRA for defective airbags and airbag inflators

Live! Texas Hazardous & Industrial Waste Training

Texas hazardous waste trainingMaster the additional, unique requirements you must know to properly manage your site’s hazardous and industrial waste in Texas. Join a Lion instructor on February 10 for the Texas Hazardous & Industrial Waste Management webinar.

Build on your knowledge of Federal RCRA regulations to cover the state-specific rules you must know in Texas. Texas maintains unique standards for managing classes of industrial waste, as well as unique universal waste, hazardous waste reporting requirements.

Or train when it’s convenient with interactive online courses that cover the latest Federal and Texas state hazardous waste regulations.

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