What is the industrial and hazardous waste (“IHW”) corrective action program in Texas?

According to the TCEQ’s website, the mission of the industrial and hazardous waste (IHW) corrective action program is to oversee the cleanup of sites contaminated from industrial and municipal hazardous and industrial nonhazardous wastes.  Its goals are to:

  • Ensure that sites are assessed and remediated to levels that protect human health and the environment;
  • Verify that waste management units or facilities are taken out of service and closed properly; and to
  • Facilitate revitalization of contaminated properties.

Cleanups and waste management unit closures come into this program if they are regulated under 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 335 exit the TCEQ, relating to industrial solid waste and municipal hazardous waste management. Depending on the types of waste managed, quantity, and management methods, federal requirements of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 264 or 265 may also apply.

The current cleanup standards are given in the Texas Risk Reduction Program (“TRRP”) rules of 30 TAC Chapter 350 Exit the TCEQ, effective September 23, 1999 (24 Tex. Reg. 7415). Although there was a transition period from the previous 1993 "Risk Reduction Standards" of 30 TAC Chapter 335 Subchapter S, the majority of cleanups are now being done under TRRP.

You can learn more about the industrial and hazardous waste (“IHW”) corrective action program at the TCEQ’s website at: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/remediation/corrective_action/ihwca.html

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