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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 330MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
SUBCHAPTER PFEES AND REPORTING
RULE §330.673Fees

(a) Landfilling. Each operator of a facility in Texas that disposes of municipal solid waste (MSW) by means of landfilling, including landfilling of incinerator ash, is required to pay a fee to the agency for all waste received for disposal. The fee rate for waste disposed of by landfilling is dependent upon the reporting units used.

  (1) Fee rates. For purposes of this subsection, uncompacted waste means any waste that is not a liquid or a sludge, has not been mechanically compacted by a collection vehicle, has not been driven over by heavy equipment prior to collection, or has not been compacted subsequent or prior to collection by any type of mechanical device other than small, in-house, compactor devices owned and/or operated by the generator of the waste. Compacted waste is a liquid, sludge, or similar waste or any waste that has been reduced in volume by a collection vehicle or by any other means including, but not limited to, dewatering, composting, incineration, and similar processes.

    (A) Tons. For waste reported in tons, the fee rate is $1.25 per ton received for disposal.

    (B) Cubic yards (compacted). For waste reported in compacted cubic yards, the fee rate is $0.40 per cubic yard received for disposal.

    (C) Cubic yards (uncompacted). For waste reported in uncompacted cubic yards, the fee rate is $0.25 per cubic yard received for disposal.

  (2) Measurement options. The volume or weight reported on the quarterly solid waste summary report must be consistent with the volume or weight of the waste received for disposal, as defined in §330.671(b)(1) of this title (relating to Purpose and Applicability). The volume or weight of the waste received for disposal shall be determined prior to disposal or processing of the waste.

    (A) The recommended method for measuring and reporting waste received at the gate is in short tons. The facility operator must accurately measure and report the number of cubic yards or tons of waste received at the gate.

      (i) The fee for waste reported in short tons will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $1.25 per ton.

      (ii) The fee for compacted waste reported in cubic yards will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.40 per cubic yard.

      (iii) The fee for uncompacted waste reported in cubic yards will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.25 per cubic yard.

    (B) If a landfill operator chooses to report the amount of waste received utilizing the population equivalent method authorized in §330.675(a)(3) of this title (relating to Reports), the fee for such waste received shall be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $1.25 per ton.

  (3) Fee calculation. The fee shall be calculated by the executive director using information obtained from the quarterly solid waste summary report. The total cubic yards or tonnage reported to the executive director in the quarterly solid waste summary report shall be derived from gate tickets (weight or volume) or invoices, except in the case of operators who are authorized to report utilizing the population equivalent method in §330.675(a)(3) of this title, and records of recycled materials or any other information deemed relevant by the executive director. A billing statement will be generated quarterly by the executive director and forwarded to the applicable permittee/registrant or a designated representative.

  (4) Fee due date. All solid waste fees shall be due within 30 days of the date the payment is requested.

  (5) Method of payment. The required fee 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 the return address designated by the executive director in the billing statement distributed quarterly.

  (6) Penalties. Failure of the landfill operator to submit the required fee payment by the due date shall be sufficient cause for the commission to revoke the landfill permit and authorization to process or dispose of waste. The commission may assess interest penalties for late payment of fees and may also assess penalties (fines) in accordance with Texas Water Code, §7.051 (relating to Administrative Penalty), or take any other action authorized by law to secure compliance.

  (7) Exemptions.

    (A) A fee will not be charged on solid waste resulting from a public entity's effort to protect the public health and safety of the community from the effects of a natural or man-made disaster or from structures that have been contributing to drug trafficking or other crimes if the disposal facility at which that solid waste is offered for disposal has donated to a municipality, county, or other political subdivision the cost of disposing of that waste.

    (B) A fee only for the amount determined necessary to reimburse MSW regulatory activities will be charged federal facilities. Prior to the fourth MSW billing quarter following the close of each regular session of the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's chief financial officer will determine the percentage of the MSW disposal fee that represents reimbursement for regulatory implementation of the state MSW program and the percentage that represents a state tax. The percentage determination shall be reported to the MSW Permits Section for use in determining fees owed by federal facilities. The MSW Permits Section shall grant federal facilities a credit on their MSW fees equal to the percentage of the fee determined to be a state tax. The credit shall be applied to each billing quarter beginning with the first billing quarter of the state fiscal year.

(b) Incinerators and processes for disposal. Each operator of a facility that disposes of or processes MSW for disposal by means other than landfilling is required to pay a fee to the agency for all waste received for processing or disposal. Facilities and/or processes included in this category include, but are not limited to, incineration; composting; application of sludge, septic tank waste, or shredded waste to the land; and similar facilities or processes. Not included as a process for disposal is land application of waste that has already been properly composted in one of the facilities named.

  (1) Fee rates. For purposes of this subsection, uncompacted waste means any waste that is not a liquid or a sludge, has not been mechanically compacted by a collection vehicle, has not been driven over by heavy equipment prior to collection, or has not been compacted subsequent or prior to collection by any type of mechanical device other than small, in-house, compactor devices owned and/or operated by the generator of the waste. Compacted waste is a liquid, sludge, or similar waste or any waste that has been reduced in volume by a collection vehicle or by any other means including, but not limited to, dewatering, composting, incineration, and similar processes.

    (A) Tons. For waste reported in tons, the fee rate is $0.62 and one-half cent per ton received.

    (B) Cubic yards (compacted). For waste reported in compacted cubic yards, the fee rate is $0.20 per cubic yard received.

    (C) Cubic yards (uncompacted). For waste reported in uncompacted cubic yards, the fee rate is $0.12 and one-half cent per cubic yard received.

  (2) Measurement options. The volume or weight reported on the quarterly solid waste summary report must be consistent with the volume or weight of the waste received for disposal, as defined in §330.671(b)(1) of this title. The volume or weight of the waste received for disposal shall be determined prior to disposal or processing of the waste.

    (A) The recommended method for measuring and reporting waste received at the gate is in short tons. The operator must accurately measure and report the number of cubic yards or tons of waste received.

      (i) The fee for waste reported in short tons will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.62 and one-half cent per ton.

      (ii) The fee for compacted waste reported in cubic yards will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.20 per cubic yard.

      (iii) The fee for uncompacted waste reported in cubic yards will be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.12 and one-half cent per cubic yard.

    (B) If a facility operator chooses to report the amount of waste received utilizing the population equivalent method authorized in §330.675(a)(3) of this title, the fee shall be calculated by the executive director at an amount equal to $0.62 and one-half cent per ton.

  (3) Fee calculation. The fee shall be calculated by the executive director using information obtained from the quarterly solid waste summary report. The total cubic yards or tonnage reported to the executive director in the quarterly solid waste summary report shall be derived from gate tickets (weight or volume) or invoices, except in the case of operators who are authorized to report utilizing the population equivalent method in §330.675(a)(3) of this title, and records of recycled materials or any other information deemed relevant by the executive director. A billing statement will be generated quarterly by the executive director and forwarded to the applicable permittee/registrant or a designated representative.

  (4) Fee due date. All solid waste fees shall be due within 30 days of the date the payment is requested.

  (5) Method of payment. The required fee 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 the return address designated by the executive director in the billing statement distributed quarterly.

  (6) Penalties. Failure of the facility or process operator to submit the required fee payment by the due date shall be sufficient cause for the commission to revoke the permit or registration and authorization to process or dispose of waste. The commission may assess interest penalties for late payment of fees and may also assess penalties (fines) in accordance with Texas Water Code, §7.051, or take any other action authorized by law to secure compliance.

  (7) Exemptions. A fee will not be charged on solid waste resulting from a public entity's effort to protect the public health and safety of the community from the effects of a natural or man-made disaster or from structures that have been contributing to drug trafficking or other crimes if the disposal facility at which that solid waste is offered for disposal has donated to a municipality, county, or other political subdivision the cost of disposing of that waste.

(c) Facilities and processes not for disposal. Facilities or processes not included in the scope of subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be considered as "facilities and processes not for disposal." Facilities and processes not for disposal are those facilities that are permitted or registered independently from landfill, incinerator, or disposal processing operations and include, but are not limited to, such facilities or processes as transfer stations, shredders, balers, methane extractors, etc. Facilities and processes not for disposal are not required to pay a fee to the agency, but are required to submit reports.


Source Note: The provisions of this §330.673 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502

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