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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 330MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL INFORMATION
RULE §330.15General Prohibitions

(a) A person may not cause, suffer, allow, or permit the collection, storage, transportation, processing, or disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW), or the use or operation of a solid waste facility to store, process, or dispose of solid waste, or to extract materials under Texas Health and Safety Code, §361.092, in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code, or any regulations, rules, permit, license, order of the commission, or in such a manner that causes:

  (1) the discharge or imminent threat of discharge of MSW into or adjacent to the waters in the state without obtaining specific authorization for the discharge from the commission;

  (2) the creation and maintenance of a nuisance; or

  (3) the endangerment of the human health and welfare or the environment.

(b) MSW land disposal facilities (Types I, IAE, IV, IVAE, and VI) failing to satisfy the applicable requirements of this chapter, unless exempted by this chapter, are considered open dumps for purposes of state solid waste management planning under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and are prohibited under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, §4005(a).

(c) Except as otherwise authorized by this chapter, a person may not cause, suffer, allow, or permit the dumping or disposal of MSW without the written authorization of the commission.

(d) The open burning of solid waste, except for the infrequent burning of waste generated by land-clearing operations, agricultural waste, silvicultural waste, diseased trees, emergency cleanup operations as authorized by the commission or executive director as appropriate, is prohibited at any MSW landfill. The operation of an air curtain incinerator as allowed in §330.7(g) of this title (relating to Permit Required) other than for the exceptions noted in the previous sentence, is prohibited.

(e) The following wastes are prohibited from disposal in any MSW facility.

  (1) A lead acid storage battery shall not be intentionally or knowingly offered by a generator or transporter for disposal at an MSW landfill or incinerator, and/or shall not be intentionally or knowingly accepted for disposal at an MSW landfill or incinerator permitted under this chapter.

    (A) Each battery improperly disposed of constitutes a separate violation and offense.

    (B) A person that violates the provisions of this paragraph is subject to the criminal and/or civil penalties found in the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended.

  (2) Do-it-yourself used motor vehicle oil shall not be intentionally or knowingly offered by a generator or transporter for disposal at an MSW landfill or MSW incinerator, either by itself or mixed with other solid waste, and/or shall not be intentionally or knowingly accepted for disposal at an MSW landfill or MSW incinerator permitted under this chapter.

    (A) It is an exception to this subsection if the mixing or commingling of used oil with solid waste that is to be disposed of in a landfill is incidental to, and the unavoidable result of, the mechanical shredding of motor vehicles; appliances; or other items of scrap, used, or obsolete metals.

    (B) A person that violates the provisions of this paragraph is subject to the criminal and/or civil penalties found in the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended.

  (3) Used oil filters from internal combustion engines shall not be offered for landfill disposal by any generator and shall not be intentionally or knowingly accepted for disposal at a landfill permitted under this chapter.

  (4) Whole used or scrap tires shall not be accepted for disposal or disposed of in any MSW landfill, unless processed prior to disposal in a manner acceptable to the executive director.

  (5) Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and any other items containing chlorinated fluorocarbon (CFC) must be handled in accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations §82.156(f), as amended.

  (6) Except as allowed in §330.177 of this title (relating to Leachate and Gas Condensate Recirculation), liquid waste as defined in §330.3 of this title (relating to Definitions) and as described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph below shall not be disposed of in any MSW landfill unit.

    (A) Bulk or noncontainerized liquid waste shall not be accepted for disposal or disposed of in an MSW landfill unless the waste is household waste other than septic waste.

    (B) Containers holding liquid waste shall not be accepted for disposal or disposed of in an MSW landfill unless:

      (i) the container is a small container similar in size to that normally found in household waste;

      (ii) the container is designated to hold liquids for use other than storage; or

      (iii) the waste is household waste.

  (7) Regulated hazardous waste as defined in §330.3 of this title shall not be accepted at an MSW facility.

  (8) Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) wastes, as defined under 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 761, shall not be accepted for disposal or disposed of in an MSW facility unless authorized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the MSW permit.

  (9) Radioactive materials as defined in Chapter 336 of this title (relating to Radioactive Substance Rules), except as authorized in Chapter 336 of this title or that are subject to an exemption of the Department of State Health Services shall not be accepted at an MSW facility.

(f) MSW facilities receiving sewage sludge and failing to satisfy the criteria of this chapter violate Federal Clean Water Act, §309 and §405(e).

(g) The drilling of any test borings, for any reason, through previously deposited waste or cover material without prior written authorization from the executive director is prohibited.

(h) An MSW facility shall not cause:

  (1) a discharge of solid wastes or pollutants adjacent to or into waters of the state, including wetlands, that is in violation of the requirements of Texas Water Code, §26.121;

  (2) a discharge of pollutants into waters of the United States, including wetlands, that violates any requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act, including, but not limited to, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements, under §402, as amended, or Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements;

  (3) a discharge of dredged or fill material to waters of the United States, including wetlands, that is in violation of the requirements under Federal Clean Water Act, §404, as amended; and

  (4) a discharge of a nonpoint source pollution into waters of the United States, including wetlands, that violates any requirement of an area-wide or state-wide water quality management plan that has been approved under Federal Clean Water Act, §208 or §319, as amended.

(i) Processing of liquid waste as defined in §330.3 of this title, other than that incidental to transfer and storage, at a transfer station without a specific Type V processing authorization is prohibited.


Source Note: The provisions of this §330.15 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502

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