Controlling VOC Emissions from Industrial Wastewater
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from industrial wastewater. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
- Beaumont–Port Arthur area (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties)
- Dallas–Fort Worth area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties)
- El Paso area (El Paso County)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties)
Description of Rules
Require controlling VOC emissions by 90 percent.
Specify work practices.
Include inspection, monitoring, testing, and record-keeping requirements.
- Specify methods to determine wastewater characteristics, such as VOC concentration and flow rate.
The Chapter 115 rule history for industrial wastewater discusses revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of the rules.
- The Decision Support System can help you determine if you are subject to the Chapter 115 industrial wastewater rules.
- Resources for small businesses and local governments
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
- EPA Test Methods
- EPA Methods 601–1625 for organic chemical analysis (40 CFR 136)
- EPA SW-846 test methods for evaluating solid waste, physical-chemical Methods (e.g., Method SW-846, Method 8260B)
- Chapter 115 Stakeholder Group helps the agency with air quality issues
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory
- These rules are based on the EPA’s recommendations in Industrial Wastewater Alternative Control Technology (1994)