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Spills, Discharges, and Releases

Report an environmental emergency, discharge, spill, or air release. Links to rules, laws, technical assistance, waste management, State Emergency Response Commission.

What to Do if You Have a Spill

Keep people safe. Identify what's spilled. Find out if warning signs are needed.
To report an environmental emergency, discharge, spill, or air release, contact:


  • State of Texas Spill-Reporting Hotline and the SERC: 1-800-832-8224—24 hours a day
  • TCEQ Regional Office, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Report Spills and Discharges

Spill Reporting

Spills: Information for the Initial Notification
Information to have handy when making a telephone report of a spill.
Spills: Reportable Quantities
The RQ depends on the substance released and where released. Use this table to determine whether you must report and under what rule.

Cleanup and Management of Spills

Spill Cleanups: Who Is Responsible?
Who is responsible for cleanup of a spill (such as a chemical release) and when the TCEQ may take over.
Spill Waste Management
Industrial vs. nonindustrial wastes; technical assistance available from the TCEQ; management options.
Spills: Cleanup and Waste Management
Cleanup objectives and the TRRP rule. Management of spill waste.
Spills: Information for the Follow-up Report Required within 30 Days
What to report and who to report it to.

Rules, Regulations and Agencies that Regulate Spills

Spills: Rules and Laws
Legislation and regulation covering accidental releases and their prevention.
Spills: Which State Agency Has Jurisdiction?
Depending on what is spilled and where, it might not be the TCEQ.
State Emergency Response Commission
Required under federal law, in Texas the SERC is synonymous with the Emergency Management Council of Texas. The TCEQ receives reports about accidental releases.