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Rules for Spill Cleanups

Information on cleanup levels and requirements for spills.

Regulations addressing spills are in 30 TAC Chapter 327, with required actions given in 30 TAC 327.5 Exit the TCEQ.

In general, spills must be cleaned up to background or prerelease conditions. For spills requiring more than 180 days to clean up, the cleanup requirements are specified in the Texas Risk Reduction (TRRP) program rules of 30 TAC Chapter 350, which became effective on September 23, 1999. Prior to that date, spills requiring more than 180 days to clean up had to meet the requirements of the Risk Reduction Standards of 30 TAC Chapter 335 Subchapter S.

Initial spill response

Contacts for spill cleanups
Required use of SW-846 Method 5035

New Information

Beginning January 1, 2016, the TCEQ Remediation Division will require the use of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) SW846 Method 5035A, Purge-and-Trap and Extraction for Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples, as amended, for the collection and preparation of solid samples for volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis using purge-and-trap technology.

The TCEQ Remediation Division guidance on Method 5035 has been updated and is available.