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On May 25, 2016, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted updates to the waste rules and implemented revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 335 for Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste.

The changes to the Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste Rules include the following:

  • Implemented revisions to the federal hazardous waste program based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s revisions to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) between February 2014 and January 2015;
  • Included changes to the definition of "Solid Waste" made by EPA to include the following three exclusions: generator controlled exclusion, verified recycler exclusion, and remanufacturing exclusion;
  • Established a new exclusion for certain steel slag from the definition of "Solid Waste" as passed by the House Bill 2598, 84th Texas Legislature;
  • Established new requirements to authorize the use of an electronic manifest system (or e-Manifests) to track off-site shipments of hazardous waste, once developed by the EPA;
  • Revised requirements for export provisions of the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) rule for reuse and recycling; and
  • Established new and revised existing hazardous waste recycling requirements under the definition of solid waste to conform to the revisions made in federal regulations.

The effective date of the adopted rules is June 16, 2016. For detailed rule updates, please visit the Texas Register website, click here.

To determine how these changes might affect your facility and future projects/compliance or if you have any questions, please call Trinity Consultants at (972) 661-8100 to speak with a permitting specialist.