Metal Finishers: Compliance Resources
- Industry-Specific Permits by Rule for Metal Finishers
- De Minimis–Determine if your site is covered under the De Minimis rule.
- Permitting a Septic System You must check with your local permitting authority, and you can use a septic system for toilet and kitchen wastewater only. Process water is prohibited.
- If you are connected to a sewer system, contact your local Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) before discharging to their system.
- If you are not connected to a POTW, you may containerize your wastewater for disposal, apply for an industrial re-use authorization, or apply for an individual permit.
- Instructions and Application to Use Industrial Reclaimed Water
- Industrial Wastewater Discharges: The Permit Process
- Stormwater Permit Information
- Water: What Is My Source
- Waste Designation Decision Matrix
- Industrial and Hazardous Waste Rules and Regulations for Small-Quantity Generators (RG-234)
- Managing Paint and Paint-Related Waste Under the Universal Waste Rule (RG-370)
- Common Questions on Empty Waste Containers (RG-480)
- Hazardous Waste: There IS an Easier Way
Compliance Overview Tools
- Metal Finishers Checklist
- A Guide to Developing an Environmental Management System for a Small Business (GI-304)
- Rule and Implementation Information for Chromium Electroplating
- Strategic Goals Program
- Delinquent Fees
- Your business could be eligible for a free environmental compliance assessment. For more information, visit our Compliance Commitment (C2) Site Visit Program website.
Through cooperation with the Texas Association of Metal Finishers (TAMF) , it has been shown that the following types of problems seem to affect the metal finishing industry more than others:
- improper storage and incorrect labeling of hazardous wastes
- hazardous material spills
- incorrect or insufficient notification of the types of materials used and stored
- unidentified containers
- unauthorized discharges onto property
- record keeping violations such as (among others) failure to submit a Toxics Release Inventory Report to the EPA and the TCEQ.