Texas Adopts 3 Recent RCRA Revisions

Posted on 6/16/2020 by Roger Marks

Texas recently adopted three revisions to the Federal RCRA regulations made between 2015 and 2018. These newly adopted RCRA rules are effective in Texas as of June 11, 2020.

The hazardous waste rules Texas adopted are found on page 3780 of the document linked above.  

Comparable Fuels Exclusion

In 2015, EPA made two significant revisions to the regulations concerning comparable fuels and gasification rules. EPA removed the comparable fuels exclusion from 40 CFR 261.4(a)(16) and 261.38.

Secondly, the oil-bearing hazardous secondary material exclusion at 40 CFR 261.4(a)(12) was revised by removing gasification from the list of specific petroleum refining processes into which oil-bearing hazardous secondary materials may be inserted.

Hazardous Waste Import-Export

The 40 CFR regulations related to the import and export of hazardous waste changed in 2016. The changes make the RCRA regulations in 40 CFR Part 262 more consistent with the standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The rulemaking also enables electronic submittal to EPA or import and export related documents like export notices and export annual reports.

Defective or Recalled Airbags

In November 2018, EPA published an Interim Final Rule to exempt defective airbags and airbag inflators from the RCRA hazardous waste management requirements. The rule aims to facilitate the return of defective or recalled airbag inflators from car dealerships, salvage yards, and other locations.  

Haz Waste Workshops Return to Texas in August

Lion’s RCRA and Texas Hazardous & Industrial Waste Management workshops return to Houston and Dallas in August 2020! Join us live to simplify RCRA compliance and master the state-specific rules you must know in Texas.
Houston August 10—12
Dallas August 24—26

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Join us for all three days and be ready when TCEQ revises the state hazardous waste regulations to incorporate major changes in EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule. We cover all the changes in the Generator Improvements Rule in our two-day RCRA workshop, including new labeling standards for  hazardous waste containers, additional reporting requirements, and new reliefs that could save generators time and money.  

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