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Spills: Rules and Laws

Legislation and regulation covering accidental releases and their prevention.

Reportable Quantities

What is an RQ?

Other Rules and Laws about Spills

Requirement Authority
The TCEQ is the lead agency in spill response Texas Water Code 26Exit the TCEQ
Sections 261–64
A spill must be reported as soon as possible and within 24 hours by phone to the TCEQ; reporting requirements to property owners and others affected; spill response; required follow-up report 30 TAC 327Exit the TCEQ.1–5
Interim and permitted facilities must report emergency situations to the TCEQ 30 TAC 335.113Exit the TCEQ 335.153Exit the TCEQ
Releases from underground storage tanks must be reported 30 TAC 334.72Exit the TCEQ
Any major upset condition must be reported 30 TAC 327Exit the TCEQ.1–5
Related requirements Texas Health and Safety Code 382Exit the TCEQ
30 TAC 101.201Exit the TCEQ
Reports required for maintenance activities 30 TAC 101.211Exit the TCEQ
Accidental spills and releases must be reported to the TCEQ Texas Water Code 26Exit the TCEQ
Section 039
Related policy Sections 261–67
Posting of warning signs What to Do after a Spill
The TCEQ is to seek reimbursement of state funds spent on cleanup from responsible persons Texas Water Code 26Exit the TCEQ
Sections 266–67
Federal definition of reportable spill 40 CFR 302.6Exit the TCEQ
The TCEQ receives reports on storage of chemicals (Tier Two forms) 40 CFR 370Exit the TCEQ
Definition of industrial solid waste 30 TAC 335.1Exit the TCEQ
Related policy (definition of hazardous waste) 40 CFR 261Exit the TCEQ
Self-assigned eight-digit waste code: when needed, how to assign 30 TAC 335Exit the TCEQ.501–15, 521
Regulation of soil-treatment and recycling facilities 30 TAC 334Exit the TCEQ.485–508
Health-based cleanup standards; guidance on recording of deeds 30 TAC 350Exit the TCEQ
Need for contingency planning (only for permitted and interim facilities for storing, treating, and disposing of hazardous waste) 30 TAC 335.112Exit the TCEQ, 152Exit the TCEQ
Texas Risk Reduction Program rule 30 TAC 350Exit the TCEQ
Makeup of the State Emergency Response Commission Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know ActExit the TCEQ

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