|(a) The purpose of this subchapter is to regulate by rule certain small and medium shrimp packers that meet the requirements outlined herein. (b) Large packers or shrimp processors do not qualify to be regulated by rule under this subchapter. Both large packers and shrimp processors must either utilize a POTW for shrimp wastewater disposal or obtain a wastewater discharge permit from the Texas Water Commission prior to any such disposal. (c) Any packer that proposes to discharge into or adjacent to a water quality limited segment or into a water body specifically listed within this subchapter does not qualify to be regulated by rule under this subchapter. Shrimp wastewater discharges from such facilities must be made pursuant to a permit issued under the Texas Water Code, Chapter 26. In the alternative, such facilities may utilize a POTW. (d) Packers discharging into the following water bodies are not qualified
to be regulated by rule under this subchapter: (1) the Taylor Bayou Turning Basin in Jefferson County off the Sabine-Neches Canal, inland from a line between the southernmost tip of Texaco Island and the north side of the state Highway 87 bridge over the intercoastal canal. (2) the Lynn's Bayou Turning Basin in Calhoun County west of the confluence of the turning basin and Lavaca Bay. (3) the Port Mansfield Harbor in Willacy County west of the confluence of the harbor and the Laguna Madre. (4) the Brownsville fishing harbor in Cameron County north of the confluence of the harbor and the Brownsville ship channel. (5) Port Isabel turning basin, ship channel and shrimp harbor in Cameron County west of the Garcia Street swing bridge, south of the Highway 100 bridge, and north of the confluence of the Port Isabel ship channel and the Brownsville ship channel.
(e) Mobile vendors, shrimp boats, and bait-shrimp dealers are exempt from the requirements of this subchapter.