|(a) Other regulations. Compliance with the provisions of this chapter by an owner or operator of an underground storage tank (UST) system or aboveground storage tank (AST) system does not relieve such owner or operator from the responsibility of compliance with any other regulations directly and/or indirectly affecting such tanks and the stored regulated substances, including, but not necessarily limited to, all applicable regulations legally promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United States Department of Transportation, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States Department of Energy, Texas Department of Health, State Board of Insurance, Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas Department of Agriculture, State Comptroller, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality , and any other federal, state, and local governmental agencies or entities having appropriate jurisdiction. (b) Owner and operator responsibility. (1) Owners and operators are responsible for any violations or noncompliant activities resulting from the actions or inactions by any installer, contractor, operator, or other person who is employed or otherwise engaged by an owner or operator of a UST or an AST. (2) The commission shall consider the person who is in day-to-day control of a petroleum storage tank system at a site that is in violation of applicable statute or agency regulations to be the: (A) person primarily responsible for taking corrective action, for corrective action costs, for receiving a notice of violation, or for paying a penalty assessed; and (B) primary subject of an enforcement action or order. (3) The liability of certain taxing units as owners or operators of USTs and ASTs is conditionally and specifically limited, in accordance with the provisions and conditions of Texas Water Code (TWC), §26.3516 (relating to Limits on Liability of Taxing Units). (4) The liability of certain lenders as owners or operators of USTs and ASTs is conditionally and specifically limited, in accordance with the provisions and conditions of TWC, §26.3514 (relating to Limits on Liability of Lender). (5) The liability of certain corporate fiduciaries as owners or operators of USTs and ASTs is conditionally and specifically limited, in accordance with the provisions and conditions of TWC, §26.3515 (related to Limits on Liability of Corporate Fiduciary). (c) Inspections, monitoring, and testing. (1) For the purposes of developing or assisting in the development of any regulation, conducting any study, or enforcing this chapter, an owner and/or operator of a UST or an AST, on the request of the agency, must: (A) furnish information relating to the tank, including tank equipment and contents; and (B) permit a designated agent or employee of the agency at all reasonable times to have access to and to copy all records relating to the tanks. (2) For the purposes of developing or assisting in the development of a regulation, conducting a study, or enforcing the provisions of this chapter, the agency's designated agent or employee may: (A) enter at reasonable times an establishment or place in which a UST or an AST is located; (B) inspect and obtain samples of a regulated substance contained in the tank from any person; and (C) conduct monitoring or testing of the tanks, associated equipment, contents, or surrounding soils, air, surface water, or groundwater. (3) The agency may order an owner or operator of a UST or an AST to conduct monitoring and testing if the agency determines that there is reasonable cause to believe that a release has occurred in the area in which the UST or AST is located.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §334.12 adopted to be effective September 29, 1989, 14 TexReg 4714; amended to be effective November 8, 1995, 20 TexReg 8800; amended to be effective November 23, 2000, 25 TexReg 11442; amended to be effective April 2, 2002, 27 TexReg 2522; amended to be effective November 18, 2004, 29 TexReg 10532