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Hazardous Waste & Texas State

Hazardous waste disposal is governed by the EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) through State and Federal regulations. The purpose of environmentally sound disposal methods is to prevent harm to the water, land, and air.

Texas State University complies with hazardous waste disposal regulations by means of the Hazardous Waste Management Program Texas State University UPPS 04.05.06 Disposal of Hazardous Waste. The Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management office (EHSRM) administers this program.

Permits and Requirements

Texas State University is a "Large Quantity Generator" of hazardous waste. The University's EPA and TCEQ Generator Registration I.D.s apply to all university activities. The EHSRM will assist any department or System Part in determining its hazardous waste disposal needs.

Penalties of Noncompliance

Noncompliance with any hazardous waste regulation may result in substantial fines and penalties for the University. The University may be cited or fined for numerous types of violations ranging from improperly labeling a waste container to intentionally disposing of hazardous waste incorrectly.

Role of EHSRM

The EHSRM administers the Hazardous Waste Management Program at Texas State University. Compliance with this program is very demanding — it requires full cooperation by all campus entities. The main focus of this program is chemical waste management (Hazardous, Class 1 and Class 2 Industrial). The program does not include procedures for the management of radioactive, infectious, biological, or municipal solid waste.

EHSRM collects, transports, and stores hazardous waste (less than 90 days) until it is shipped for final disposal. The Office also maintains permanent records (manifests) of all disposed waste. Contact EHSRM for more information on hazardous waste disposal.

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014