TCEQ-Industrial and Hazardous Waste Summer 2018 Highlights

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Industrial and Hazardous Waste Quarterly Highlights Summer 2018

Effective Now

Waste Minimization Certifications

  • No longer to be submitted to I&HW
  • Keep them with facility operating records (40 CFR 264.73) 
  • This does not affect Annual Source Reduction and Waste Minimization Report (30 TAC Chapter 335 Subchapter Q). 

Permit Modification Appearance:

Most facilities will begin seeing a new modification format. It includes important permit information and a table summarizing modification history.

For Class 1 Modifications:

  • Issued modifications will be sent by email
  • Print and keep a copy in the facility permit files 

Future Changes

Groundwater Detection Monitoring (GWDM) report minimum requirements & report format recommendations

  • Details coming in the Fall 2018 I&HW Quaterly Highlights
  • Effective by the next GWDM report submission

Waste Classification Workshop – October 2018

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Workshop seating is limited so register soon for the Autumn Environmental Conference and Expo at the Palmer Events Center (Austin, TX). Waste Classification sessions will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM. Registration is expected to open in August. Follow @TCEQ on Twitter to get registration and agenda updates.

Rule Making

Process Overview:

Creating or revising agency rules typically takes at least a year to complete, and longer if an advisory group is included. Draft rules must be presented to the TCEQ commissioners twice, once at the proposal phase and again at the adoption phase. It requires:

  • Rule drafting – program area and legal staff, and advisory group participants (if a group is created), collaborate to revise rules
  • Proposal phase – staff present draft rules at agency agenda session; if the commissioners agree with proposed revisions, the draft rules are published in the Texas Register with a 30-day comment period and public meeting
  • Response to comments – after the comment period, agency staff respond to comments and make adjustments to the rules as needed
  • Adoption phase – agency staff present the rules at a subsequent commissioner's agenda session; if the commissioners adopt the rules, the rules are published in the Texas Register and are effective 20 days later

    Rule Projects:

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    Coal Combustion Residual Rule (CCR)

    The proposed CCR rule (rule project number 2017-037-352-WS) is currently being revised. For additional information and updates follow the CCR rule website.

    Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule

    RCRA rulemaking, including the Hazardous Waste Generator Rule Improvements regulations, will begin in late 2018. It will take at least 12-18 months for completion. We anticipate receiving more public interest. Check future I&HW Quarterly Highlights for information on how to participate.

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    General Reminders

    Including these in your report or application makes the review and approval process smoother.

    Permit Applications

    Hazardous Waste Combustion Program

    Check our Hazardous Waste Combustion Program web page for submission requirements and combustion tools. Starting September 1st, the use of these checklists and new format are required.


    The EPA Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest launched on June 30, 2018. Receiving facilities have extra time to submit paper manifests. Read more on the EPA website.

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    2018 Environmental Trade Fair Presentations

    Thank you for attending the TCEQ 2018 Environmental Trade Fair. Presentations are available online.