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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 330MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
SUBCHAPTER YMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
RULE §330.1221On-Site Treatment Services on Mobile Treatment Units

(a) The requirements of this section are applicable to any person that treats medical waste on mobile treatment units on the site of generation, but is not the generator of the waste.

(b) Persons that claim a registration by rule shall maintain a copy of the registration form, as annotated by the commission with an assigned registration number, at their designated place of business and in each mobile treatment unit used in treating medical waste.

(c) Requirements for mobile treatment units used in the treatment of medical waste are as follows.

  (1) Treatment units used in the treatment of medical waste shall:

    (A) have a fully encloseable, leak-proof, cargo carrying body, such as a cargo compartment or box trailer; and

    (B) carry spill cleanup equipment including, but not limited to, disinfectants, absorbent materials, personal protective equipment, such as gloves, coveralls, and eye protection, and leakproof containers or packaging materials.

  (2) The cargo compartment of the vehicle and any self-contained treatment unit(s) shall:

    (A) be maintained in a sanitary condition;

    (B) be secured when the vehicle is in motion;

    (C) be made of such impervious, non-porous materials as to allow adequate disinfection/cleaning of the compartment or unit(s); and

    (D) have all discharge openings securely closed during operation of the vehicle.

(d) Mobile treatment units used in the treatment of medical waste shall not be used to transport any other material until the unit has been cleaned and disinfected. A written record of the date and the process used to clean and disinfect the unit shall be maintained for three years unless the executive director requires a longer holding period. The record must identify the unit by motor vehicle identification number or license tag number. The owner of the unit, if not the registrant, shall be notified in writing that the unit has been used in the treatment of medical waste and when and how the unit was disinfected.

(e) Untreated medical waste shall not be commingled or mixed with hazardous waste, asbestos, or radioactive waste regulated under 25 TAC Chapter 289 (relating to Radiation Control) either before or after treatment.

(f) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall furnish the generator the documentation required in §330.1219(a)(3)(A) - (D) of this title (relating to Treatment and Disposal of Medical Waste) and a statement that the medical waste was treated in accordance with 25 TAC §1.136 of this title (related to Approved Methods of Treatment and Disposition) for the generator's records.

(g) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall maintain records of all waste treatment, which includes the following information:

  (1) the name, address, and phone number of each generator;

  (2) the date of treatment;

  (3) the amount of waste treated;

  (4) the method/conditions of treatment;

  (5) the name (printed) and initials of the person(s) performing the treatment;

  (6) a written procedure for the operation and testing of any equipment used and a written procedure for the preparation of any chemicals used in treatment. Routine performance testing using biological indicators and/or monitoring of parametric controls shall be conducted in accordance with §330.1219(a)(3)(E) of this title; and

  (7) identification of performance test failures including date of occurrence, corrective action procedures, and retest dates.

(h) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall not transport untreated waste unless they are registered in accordance with §330.9 of this title (relating to Registration Required).

(i) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall ensure adequate training of all operators in the use of any equipment used in treatment.

(j) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall have a contingency plan available in the event of any malfunction of equipment. If there is any question as to the adequacy of treatment of any load, that load shall be run again utilizing biological indicators to test for microbial reduction before the material is released for landfill disposal. If the waste must be removed from the facility before treatment is accomplished, a registered transporter shall remove the waste and all other applicable sections of this chapter shall be in effect.

(k) Owners or operators shall maintain the treatment equipment so as to not result in the creation of nuisance conditions.

(l) Fees to be assessed of providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units are as follows.

  (1) Treatment providers are required to pay an annual fee to the agency based upon the total weight of medical waste treated on-site under each provider registration.

  (2) The amount of the annual fee shall be based upon the total weight of medical waste treated on-site.

  (3) The fees shall be determined as follows.

    (A) For a total annual weight of waste treated on-site of 1,000 pounds or less, the fee is $100.

    (B) For a total annual weight of waste treated on-site greater than 1,000 but equal to or less than 10,000 pounds, the fee is $250.

    (C) For a total annual weight of waste treated on-site greater than 10,000 but equal to or less than 50,000 pounds, the fee is $400.

    (D) For a total annual weight of waste treated on-site greater than 50,000 pounds, the fee is $500.

  (4) The annual fee for each provider of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall accompany the owner or operator's original or renewal registration by rule claim and shall be submitted in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and delivered or mailed to: Cashiers Office, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13088, Austin, Texas 78711-3088.

(m) Providers of on-site treatment of medical waste on mobile treatment units shall submit to the executive director an annual summary report of their activities for the calendar year from January 1 through December 31 of each year. The report shall be submitted no later than March 1 of the year following the end of the report period and shall contain all the information required in subsection (g) of this section.


Source Note: The provisions of this §330.1221 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502

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