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FileRegulatory Assessments Collected by Retail Public Utilities
Information on the regulatory assessment fee collected from retail customers of investor-owned utilities, water districts and water supply corporations.
FileEnvironmental Rules for Car Washes
Guide to assist small business owners and local governments understand the environmental rules for car washes and simlar activities.
FileHow to Develop a Monitoring Plan for a Public Water System
Provides guidance for public water systems that are required to develop a monitoring plan under 30 TAC 290.122.
FileDeveloper's Bond Application Report Format
Step-by-step instructions for water districts on how to prepare a bond application for submission to the TCEQ.
FileA Guide to Pollution Prevention Planning
Details the steps in the pollution prevention planning process for facilities that must comply under the Waste Reduction Policy Act--small and large quantity generators and those who report on the Toxics Release Inventory Form R.
FileCan I Recycle Some of My Industrial or Hazardous Wastes?
Tells how to decide whether a facility has a material or a waste, and which regulations apply.
FileRadiation Dose Report, Guidelines for Amending a...
Describes items licensees consider when assessing or amending a radiation dose report for an employee who loses or damages monitoring devices or receives an invalid report. Covers data sent to TCEQ for release of open lands for unrestricted use requests.
FileTRRP: Facility Operations Area
Procedures for regulated community/environmental professionals to establish a Facility Operations Area to address multiple sources of chemicals of concern in an operational chemical- or petroleum-manufacturing plant required to perform corrective action.
FileSoil and Groundwater Response Objectives
Describes the soil and groundwater response objectives that a response action at an affected property must achieve in order to attain Remedy Standard A and B under the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP).
FileQuarterly Visual Monitoring of Storm Water Runoff: A Guide for Industries Operating under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000
Tells industries how and when to conduct required quarterly visual monitoring to assess the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce pollution in storm water runoff, and provides a form that may be used.
FileTRRP: Groundwater Classification
Provides recommended procedures for classifying groundwater and documenting the classification under the Texas Risk Reduction Program.
FileRules Protecting the Edwards Aquifer Recharge, Contributing, and Transition Zones
Guidance on restrictions relating to construction on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, and Kinney counties.
FileWaste Generation Fee
Answers questions related to this reporting fee.
FileTexas Pollutant Discharge Sytem
A general permit covering eligible storm water discharges from industrial facilities. Also covers certain discharges other than storm water.
FileSpecial Waste Regulations in Texas
A guidance document about special waste disposal in Texas.
FileTotal Organic Carbon (TOC) Guidance Manual
Tells surface water treatment plant operators how to comply with rules on removing total organic carbon (TOC) & to lessen the concentration of disinfection by-product precursors (DBP-Ps) that are available to form more harmful disinfection by-products.
FileTCEQ Guidelines to Develop Toxicity Factors
A technical guide that details the process of developing health- and welfare-based inhalation toxicity values and health-based oral toxicity values.
FileFacility Fee
Answers questions related to this reporting fee.
FileProcedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards
Details how the TCEQ implements the state's surface water quality standards through wastewater permitting.
FileResources for Texas Water and Wastewater Utilities
Lists agencies and organizations that provide funding and assistance to utilities for water, wastewater, and waste disposal.
FileInstitutional Controls under TRRP
Describes the process to apply institutional controls as required by the Texas Risk Reduction Program.
FileDisposal of Domestic or Exotic Livestock Carcasses
A guide for farm and ranch owners, state agencies, and local authorities when faced with animal mortalities.
FileComplying with the Pollution Prevention Planning Law
Gives the basics on pollution prevention planning requirements for facilities that must comply under the Waste Reduction Policy Act--small and large quantity generators and those who report on the Toxics Release Inventory Form R.
FileAir Inspection Fee
Answers questions related to these reporting fees.
FileMunicipal Solid Waste Diversion Methods: Options for Local Governments
How local authorities can keep solid waste out of landfills. Discusses waste reduction, recycling, composting, and energy recovery.
FileIndustrial & Hazardous Waste Annual Waste Summary Instructions
Instructions on how to perform an annual waste summary; includes examples.
FileReview and Reporting of COC Concentration Data under TRRP
For data on chemicals of concern (COCs), tells how to: document quality of data used to show compliance with TRRP rule, determine data to include in required reports, review data for technical standards and usability, and prepare a Data Usability Summary.
FileDisposal of Special Wastes Associated with the Development of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
Addresses the management of wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of oil, gas, or geothermal resources regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas that are disposed in municipal solid waste landfills permitted by the TCEQ.
FileLa TCEQ Inspecciono Su Negocio. Que Representa Esto para Usted?
Resumen del proceso de ejecución, cubre los derechos básicos y responsabilidades involucrados.
FileLandscape Irrigator's Rule Compilation
A guide that compiles the various rules for landscape irrigators from the occupation code, water code and TCEQ rules
FileUniversal Waste Regulations for Hazardous Lamps and Mercury-Containing Equipment (MCE) in Texas
How to comply with state and federal laws when disposing of lamps and equipment that contains mercury, lead or other hazardous substances. Fluorescent tubes, incandescent lamps, mercury switches, and thermostats may be covered by the regulations.
FileTRRP: Tier 1 PCL Tables
A guide to the correct interpretation and use of the Tier 1 PCL Tables.
FileTRRP: Critical PCLs
Explains the role of the critical protective concentration level (PCL) in the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule and outlines the steps to determine the critical PCL on a site-specific basis.
FileTexas Regulations on Medical Waste
Covers rules for the handling, treatment, and transport of these wastes from health-care-related facilities: waste of animals intentionally exposed to pathogens; bulk human blood and blood products; pathological waste; microbiological waste; and "sharps."
FileTRRP: Notification Requirements
Describes the process to provide notification as required by the Texas Risk Reduction Program rule.
FileTRRP: Development of Human Health PCLs for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Mixtures
Describes the process to develop protective concentration levels for total petroleum hydrocarbons.
FileVoluntary Cleanup Program Fee
Answers questions related to this reporting fee.
Texas Emissions Reduction Plan: Guidelines for Emission Reduction Incentive Grants
Explains the standards for ERIG grants issued under the TERP Program for projects to improve air quality in areas of the state that do not meet certain air quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
FileTRRP: Comparison of 30 TAC 335 and 30 TAC 350: Points to Consider in Making the Shift
Summarizes the primary differences between the Risk Reduction Rule and the Texas Risk Reduction Program Rule.
FileApproval of Training for Occupational Licensing
Describes the process for obtaining TCEQ approval of initial and continuing education training for professionals who do work that affects environmental quality. Includes application and attendance forms, instructions, and checklists.
FileLandowner's Guide to Plugging Abandoned Water Wells
Guidance on how to properly plug an abandoned water well.
FileDisinfectant Residual Reporting for Public Water Systems
Shows public water systems that use only purchased water or groundwater how to comply with the disinfectant-level monitoring and reporting requirements of 30 TAC Section 290.110. Includes example calculations, worksheets, sample report, blank report form.
FileTRRP: Risk Levels, Hazard Indices, and Cumulative Adjustment
Describes the correct use of carcinogenic risk levels and noncarcinogenic hazard indices for effect, due to the presence of both individual and multiple chemicals of concern when setting human health PCLs.
FileDo You Need Industrial or Hazardous Waste Registration Numbers?
Guides waste generators on whether they need industrial or hazardous waste I.D. and registration numbers and how to obtain them if they do.
FileTRRP: Land Use Classification
Describes how land use classifications are made under the Texas Risk Reduction Program rule.
FileBeneficial Land Use and Surface Disposal Fees
Answers questions related to these reporting fees.
FileTRRP: Human Health Points of Exposure
Describes on-site and off-site locations of the prescribed and alternate human health points of exposure (POEs) to environmental media as presented in Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule 30 TAC 350.37.
FileTRRP: Tiered Development of Human Health PCLS
Discusses the process of establishing protective concentration levels (PCLs) in accordance with the various tiers set forth in 350.75 of the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule.
FileTRRP: Screening Target Chemicals of Concern from PCL Development
Describes a step-by-step process to screen target chemicals of concern from PCL development.
FileConditional No-Exposure Exclusion for Stormwater Runoff: A Guide for Industries Operating Under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000
Explains the no-exposure exclusion for industries operating under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit.
FileFinancial Reporting Requirements for Water Districts in Texas
Water districts in Texas must file an annual financial report, an audit report, or a dormancy report each year. This guide tells how to determine the type of report that must be filed and the deadline for filing that report.
FileMost Frequently Needed Records for Wastewater Investigations
TCEQ investigators send this document to a plant that is about to undergo a wastewater investigation to ensure availability of records needed to complete the process expeditiously.
FileThe TCEQ Has Inspected Your Business. What Does This Mean to You?
Overview of TCEQ's enforcement process, covers the basic rights and responsibilities involved.
FileManaging Paint and Paint-Related Waste under the Universal Waste Rule
How wastes from painting can be managed more economically and conveniently under the Universal Waste Rule, as opposed to managing them as hazardous waste.
FileTRRP: Comparison of 30 TAC 334 and 30 TAC 350: Regulation of LPST Sites under TRRP
Provides information on the differences between (a) the portions of Chapter 334 (with respect to PSTs) that are being replaced by rules of the Texas Risk Reduction Program and (b) the TRRP rules that are replacing them.
FileOn-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF) Rules Compilation
Contains the statutory authority and administrative rules for the On-Site Sewage Facility program.
FileGuias para Documentar el Uso de Maquinaria Comprada con Ayuda de un Subsidio TERP
Guía para documentar el uso de maquinaria comprada con ayuda de subsidios TERP.
FileGeneral Permit Stormwater and General Permit Wastewater Fee
Answers commonly asked questions from those billed for these annual fees, and provides agency contacts for more detailed questions.
FileInvestigating and Reporting Releases from Petroleum Storage Tanks (PST)
Guide to the TCEQ requirement for investigating and reporting releases from underground and aboveground storage tanks.
FileInnocent Owner/Operator Program Fee
Answers questions related to this reporting fee.
FileThe Analytical Method Modification Program--How to Apply
Provides step-by-step instructions and two forms (TCEQ-10364 and TCEQ-10365) for obtaining approval from the TCEQ to modify analytical reference methods that are used to generate data for regulatory purposes.
FilePetroleum Storage Tanks: Am I Regulated?
Explanation of petroleum storage tank registration requirements.
FileHandling and Disposal of Carcasses from Poultry Operations
Guidance for poultry operators on methods of handling poultry carcasses from both routine and major die-offs.
FileTexas Emissions Reduction Plan: Guidelines for Vehicle Manufacturers under the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program
Explains requirements for vehicle manufacturers under the TERP incentive program for purchase or lease of cleaner light-duty vehicles that will be administered by the Comptroller of Public Accounts (S.B. 5, 77th Texas Legislature).
FileTRRP: Determining PCLs for Surface Water and Sediment
Under the Texas Risk Reduction Program, describes how to determine the surface water and sediment PCLs for human and ecological receptors, the surface water RBEL, and the source media PCLs for groundwater and soil.
FileTRRP: Monitored Natural Attenuation Demonstrations under TRRP
Describes the elements and development of demonstrations for monitored natural attenuation at affected properties.
FileTRRP: Compatibility with RCRA
Explains interface of Texas Risk Reduction Program rule with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act as it relates to closure of a hazardous waste management unit with and without a release, RCRA permit modifications, corrective action, and soil reuse.
FileLandscape Irrigation Program: Implementation
Explains new rules relating to LI for both licensed professionals and customers.
FileIllegal Dumping: A Guide for Local Governments
Guide to help local officials and local governments in Texas address common issues related to waste and illegal dumping.
FileTRRP: Application of Remedy Standards A and B
An overview of Remedy Standards A and B.
FileI Received a Field Citation ... What Happens Next?
Explains options available to regulated entities when a field citation is issued.
FileOutdoor Burning in Texas
Helps to interpret the revised Outdoor Burning Rule, 30 TAC 111.201-221, for the general public, the regulated community, and responsible state and local officials.
FileVapor Recovery Test Procedures Handbook
Efficient operation of vapor recovery systems is critical to improving air quality in Texas. This handbook outlines procedures which must be followed to ensure accurate and consistent test results.
FileSelecting Target Chemicals of Concern
Designed to help the person determine the appropriate chemicals of concern (COCs) for analysis of environmental media when responding to the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule of 30 TAC 350.
FileDesign and Construction Guidelines for Dams in Texas
FileBackflow Protection on Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
Guidance for water purveyors, waterworks operators, fire line personnel, professional consultants, and licensed testers.
FileAutomotive Repair Shops, An Environmental Guide for...
How car-repair shops can prevent and manage pollution. Regulations, permitting, handling of waste.
FileClassification & Coding of Industrial & Hazardous Waste, Guidelines for the...
Assists generators of industrial and hazardous waste in meeting the requirements of self-waste classification.
FileSoil Sampling for Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
Explains and illustrates methods of collecting soil samples for nutrient utilization plans, which may be required for operators of concentrated animal feeding operations who apply animal waste for beneficial reuse.
FileColiform Sampling for Public Water Systems
Tells the operators of public water systems about requirements for monitoring coliform organisms, which indicate conditions that could cause illness.
FileMunicipal Solid Waste Reporting and Disposal Fee
How to prepare and submit the Quarterly Solid Waste Report and pay the associated fee.
FileWatermaster Assessment Fee
Explains a fee paid by water right holders to support the activities of a watermaster, a state official who administers water rights. Texas has two watermaster areas, South Texas and Rio Grande.
FileTRRP: Applicability and Grandfathering
Use to determine whether these rules apply to your site or facility. Lists exclusions and situations that qualify for "grandfathering" as identified in the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rules.
FileSources of Help for Utilities and Their Customers
Listing on sources of information and assistance, other than the TCEQ, for utilities and their customers.
FilePreparation of a Drinking Water Survey Report
Anyone who reports groundwater contamination will need this document to guide them in submitting a drinking water survey report.
FileInnocent Owner Operator Program Guidance
Innocent Owner/Operator Program eligibility information, administrative procedures, demonstration, certification, and reissuance. Designed to standardize and facilitate IOP demonstrations.
FileThe Feasibility of Regionalizing Water and Wastewater Utilities: A TCEQ Policy Statement
Purpose is to implement SB 1 and subsequent rulemaking 30 TAC Ch 290/291. Audience is owners/operators of public water systems, CCN applicants and holders, TCEQ staff.
FileTRRP: Affected Property Assessment Requirements
Outlines requirements for defining three-dimensional extent of the affected property and protective concentration level exceedance zone pursuant to the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP).
FileAir Emissions Fee
Answers questions related to these reporting fees.
FileCompliance History: How It Works
Explanation of compliance history reports and classifications/ratings. Intended for entities classified as poor performers.
FileSoil Sampling for Nutrient Utilization Plans
FileBiodiesel Manufacturing: Rules for Operating in Texas
Helps you to determine if you need any permits for your biodiesel facility.
FileGuidance for Recording the Usage of TERP Grant-Funded Equipment
Guide for recording usage of equipment paid for under TERP grants.
FileIndustrial and Hazardous Waste: Rules and Regulations for Small-Quantity Generators
Handbook the offers assistance with federal and state rules on hazardous waste management.
FileTraditional Municipal Solid Waste Disposal: A Guide for Local Governments
An overview for local governments and officials to explain requirements for disposal of municipal solid waste.
FileTRRP: Risk-Based NAPL Management
Explains the risk-based management approach for non-aqueous phase liquid under the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule and presents a five-step process to address the rule requirements.
FileTRRP: Toxicity Factors and COC Properties
Addresses how changes in human toxicity factors will be handled, schedule for updating human toxicity factors table, and procedure for requesting toxicity factors and chemical/physical parameters for COCs not listed on Tier 1 PCL tables.
FilePrimary and Secondary Operators Under the Construction General Permit for Storm Water Discharges (TXR150000)
Helps individuals, businesses, and governments determine if they are a primary or a secondary operator under the construction stormwater general permit.
FilePublic Utility Receiverships and Temporary Management: A Guide for Receivers and Temporary Managers of Water and Wastewater Utilities
For temporary managers or receivers of water and wastewater utilities. Provides information on the following tasks: getting started, managing and operating the utility, and dissolving the receivership or temporary management.
FileProcess Control Tests for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facilities
A guide with four tables listing the recommended process control tests that should be performed to effectively operate the most common type of domestic wastewater treatment facility.