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Sewage Sludge: Am I Regulated?

Lists activities involved in the disposal or use of sewage sludge, water treatment plant sludge, and domestic septage that require permitting from, registration with, or notification of the TCEQ. Links to pages with more complete information on requirements for each activity.

Before dealing with sludge in Texas, consider whether you need to contact the TCEQ:

  • To process or dispose of sewage sludge or apply it to the land, you must first obtain an individual permit. Class B sewage sludge is a classification of sewage sludge based on the levels of disease-causing organisms (pathogens). For a complete legal definition of Class B sewage sludge, see Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section 312.8 Exit the TCEQ

  • To apply domestic septage to the land, you must first register with the TCEQ. Domestic septage is the material pumped from septic tanks and similar wastes—but not chemical toilet waste. For a complete legal definition of domestic septage, see Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section 312.8 Exit the TCEQ.

  • To apply water treatment sludge to the land, you must first register with the TCEQ. Water treatment sludge is generated during the treatment of surface water or groundwater for potable use. For a complete legal definition of water treatment sludge, see Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section 312.8 Exit the TCEQ.

  • To apply Class A or Class AB sewage sludge to the land, you must first notify the TCEQ. Class A or Class AB sewage sludge has been treated to reduce pathogens and its attractiveness to vectors to a greater extent than is achieved in Class B sewage sludge. For a complete legal definition of Class A or Class AB sewage sludge, see Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section 312.8 Exit the TCEQ

Contact us if you have questions about any of these requirements.

ATTENTION STAKEHOLDERS

Notice of Upcoming Chapter 312 Biosolids Stakeholder Meeting

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is soliciting your input on rule changes to the 30 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 312 rules to provide clarification for the intent of rule requirements. The rulemaking will clarify the intent of existing requirements, remove inconsistencies, and improve readability. In order to examine these items and provide potentially impacted persons the opportunity to participate, TCEQ has scheduled a Biosolids Stakeholder Meeting to take place as listed below.

October 30, 2017 AgendaMicrosoft Word Document

Date:
October 30, 2017
Time:
1:30 PM
Location:
TCEQ Campus
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building E, Agenda Room 201S
Austin, Texas 78753
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Free parking is available on the 4th floor of the parking garage located between Buildings E and F.

The TCEQ will be accepting written comments from October 30, 2017 through December 15, 2017. Comments can be sent to: Mr. Brian Sierant of the TCEQ Water Quality Division at P.O. Box 13087, MC-150, Austin, Texas 78711-3087, or electronically at Brian.Sierant@tceq.texas.gov. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Sierant at the email address above or by phone at (512) 239-1375.

Available by webcast at the time of the meeting by clicking on: http://www.texasadmin.com/tx/tceq/water_quality_advisory.

Individuals may submit questions, comments, or suggested topics during the scheduled meeting or at any time via email at: Outreach@tceq.texas.gov. Webcast attendees please submit an email to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov with “Biosolids” in the subject line; please include your Title and Contact Information in order to be registered on the attendance roster.