All composting facilities and backyard operations shall comply
with all of the following general requirements. Violations of these
requirements are subject to enforcement by the commission and may
result in the assessment of civil or administrative penalties pursuant
to Texas Water Code, Chapter 7 (Enforcement).
(1) Compliance with Texas Water Code. The activities
that are subject to this chapter shall be conducted in a manner that
prevents the discharge of material to or the pollution of surface
water or groundwater in accordance with the provisions of the Texas
Water Code, Chapter 26 (Water Quality Control).
(2) Nuisance conditions. The composting, mulching,
and land application of material shall be conducted in a sanitary
manner that shall prevent the creation of nuisance conditions as defined
in §330.3 of this title (relating to Definitions) and as prohibited
by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapters 341 and 382 (Minimum
Standards of Sanitation and Health Protection Measures; and Clean
Air Act), the Texas Water Code, Chapter 26 (Water Quality Control), §101.4
of this title (relating to Nuisance), and any other applicable regulations
(3) Discharge to surface water or groundwater. The
discharge of material to or the pollution of surface water or groundwater
as a result of the beneficial use or reuse and recycling of material
(4) Compliance with federal laws. Facility operations
shall be conducted in accordance with all applicable federal laws
(5) Compliance with state laws. Facility operations
shall be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations
of the State of Texas.
(6) Facility operations. Facility operations shall
not be conducted in a manner which causes endangerment of human health
and welfare, or the environment.
(7) Operations on a municipal solid waste landfill
unit. No composting activities shall be conducted within the permitted
boundaries of a municipal solid waste landfill without prior approval
by the executive director as required by §305.70 of this title
(relating to Municipal Solid Waste Permit and Registration Modifications).
(8) Operational requirement. Operations shall be conducted
in such a manner to ensure that no unauthorized or prohibited materials
are processed at the facility. All unauthorized or prohibited materials
received by the facility shall be disposed of at an authorized facility
in a timely manner.
(9) Leachate. Leachate from landfills and mixed municipal
solid waste composting operations shall not be used on any composting
process, except mixed municipal solid waste composting, and shall
not be added after the designation of an end-product grade unless
the product is reanalyzed to determine end-product quality.
(10) Nonhazardous industrial solid waste. This chapter
applies to the composting, mulching, and land application of only
the following nonhazardous industrial solid waste when the composting
occurs on property that does not qualify for the exemption from the
requirement of an industrial solid waste permit pursuant to §335.2(d)
of this title (relating to Permit Required):
(A) dead animal carcasses;
(B) clean wood material;
(C) vegetative material;
(E) manure (including paunch manure);
(F) meat feedstocks;
(G) fish feedstocks;
(H) dairy material feedstocks;
(I) yard trimmings; and
(J) oils and greases.
(11) Industrial and hazardous waste. Any of the materials
listed in paragraph (10) of this section that are not managed in accordance
with the requirements of this chapter, all hazardous wastes, and any
nonhazardous industrial solid wastes not listed in paragraph (10)
of this section shall be managed in accordance with Chapter 335 of
this title (relating to Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous
(12) Chemicals of concern. The operator of a compost
facility shall address the release of a chemical of concern from a
compost facility to any environmental media under the requirements
of Chapter 350 of this title (relating to Texas Risk Reduction Program)
to perform the corrective action.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §332.4 adopted to be effective November 29, 1995, 20 TexReg 9717; amended to be effective September 23, 1999, 24 TexReg 7417; amended to be effective September 12, 2002, 27 TexReg 8593; amended to be effective February 3, 2022, 47 TexReg 303