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Spill Waste Management

Industrial vs. nonindustrial wastes; technical assistance available from the TCEQ; management options.

Industrial vs. Nonindustrial Spill Waste

Industrial solid waste is defined in 30 TAC 335.1 Exit the TCEQ as “Solid waste resulting from or incidental to any process of industry or manufacturing, or mining or agricultural operation, which may include hazardous waste as defined in this section.”

Residues of spills that occur during transportation and spills that are otherwise not resulting from or incidental to an industrial process and do not generate a hazardous waste (as defined in 40 CFR 261), do not meet the definition of industrial solid wastes. However, the disposal facilities authorized to receive contaminated media by the TCEQ may require that spill wastes be classified, documented, and transported like industrial wastes prior to acceptance.

Nonindustrial Spill Waste

Options available for nonindustrial spill waste (other than disposal) include treatment at a facility registered by the TCEQ Petroleum Storage Tank Program to receive contaminated media, onsite treatment, reuse, reclamation, and recycling. Proposals for the appropriate management of spill residues, which are not industrial wastes, must receive the approval of the TCEQ regional office on-scene coordinator.