Health & Safety Code Section 361.133
Hazardous and Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account
(a)The hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account is an account in the general revenue fund.
(b)The account consists of money collected by the commission from:
(1)fees imposed on the owner or operator of an industrial solid waste or hazardous waste facility for commercial and noncommercial management or disposal of hazardous waste or commercial disposal of industrial solid waste under Section 361.136 (Industrial Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Management Fee) and fees imposed under Section 361.138 (Fee on the Sale of Batteries);
(2)interest and penalties imposed under Section 361.140 (Interest and Penalties) for late payment of a fee or late filing of a report;
(3)money paid by a person liable for facility cleanup and maintenance under Section 361.197 (Cost Recovery);
(4)the interest received from the investment of this account, in accounts under the charge of the treasurer, to be credited pro rata to the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account;
(5)monies transferred from other agencies under provisions of this code or grants or other payments from any person made for the purpose of remediation of facilities under this chapter or the investigation, cleanup, or removal of a spill or release of a hazardous substance;
(6)fees imposed under Section 361.604 (Application to Participate in Voluntary Cleanup Program); and
(7)federal grants received for the implementation or administration of state voluntary cleanup programs or federal brownfields initiatives.
(c)The commission may use the money collected and deposited to the credit of the account under this section, including interest credited under Subsection (b)(4), only for:
(1)necessary and appropriate removal and remedial action at sites at which solid waste or hazardous substances have been disposed if funds from a liable person, independent third person, or the federal government are not sufficient for the removal or remedial action;
(2)necessary and appropriate maintenance of removal and remedial actions for the expected life of those actions if:
(A)funds from a liable person have been collected and deposited to the credit of the account for that purpose; or
(B)funds from a liable person, independent third person, or the federal government are not sufficient for the maintenance;
(3)expenses concerning compliance with:
(A)the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. Section 9601 et seq.) as amended;
(B)the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (10 U.S.C. Section 2701 et seq.); and
(C)Subchapters F and I;
(4)expenses concerning the regulation and management of household hazardous substances and the prevention of pollution of the water resources of the state from the uncontrolled release of hazardous substances;
(5)expenses concerning the cleanup or removal of a spill, release, or potential threat of release of a hazardous substance where immediate action is appropriate to protect human health and the environment;
(6)expenses concerning implementation of the voluntary cleanup program under Subchapter S or federal brownfields initiatives; and
(7)expenses, not to exceed 10 percent of the annually appropriated amount of the fees on batteries collected under Section 361.138 (Fee on the Sale of Batteries), related to lead-acid battery recycling activities, including expenses for programs:
(A)for remediation; and
(B)to create incentives for the adoption of innovative technology in lead-acid battery recycling to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the recycling process or reduce the negative environmental impacts of the recycling process.
(c-1)Notwithstanding Subsection (c), money in the account attributable to fees imposed under Section 361.138 (Fee on the Sale of Batteries) may be used for reimbursement of environmental remediation at the site of a former battery recycling facility located in the municipal boundaries of a municipality with a population of more than 115,000 and less than 250,000 if a community development corporation serving the municipality is issued an industrial hazardous waste permit by the commission for the site and is paying or has paid for part of the costs of the environmental remediation of the site pursuant to the permit. This subsection expires September 1, 2027.
(d)The commission shall establish the fee rates for waste management under Section 361.136 (Industrial Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Management Fee) and revise them as necessary. The amount collected each year shall not exceed $16 million after making payments to counties under Section 361.136 (Industrial Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Management Fee)(l)(1).
(e)The commission shall monitor the unobligated balance in the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account and all sources of revenue to the account and may adjust the amount of fees collected under Subsection (d) and Section 361.138 (Fee on the Sale of Batteries), within prescribed limits, to maintain an unobligated balance of no more than $25 million at the end of each fiscal year.
(f)For the purpose of Subsection (e), the unobligated balance in the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account shall be determined by subtracting from the cash balance of the account at the end of each quarter:
(1)the total of all operating expenses encumbered by the commission from the account;
(2)the sum of the total balances remaining on all contracts entered into by the commission to be paid from the account; and
(3)the estimated total cost of investigation and remedial action at any site eligible for funding under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, as amended, or Subchapter F or I and not currently under contract.
(g)Notwithstanding Subsection (c), the executive director may use money in the account, including interest credited under Subsection (b)(4), for expenses concerning a cleanup or removal of a spill, release, or potential threat of release of a hazardous substance if the site is eligible for listing under Subchapter F, proposed for listing under Subchapter F, or listed under the state registry before September 1, 1989, and:
(1)immediate action is appropriate to protect human health or the environment and there is a substantial likelihood that the cleanup or removal will prevent the site from needing to be listed under Subchapter F; or
(2)a cleanup or removal:
(A)can be completed without extensive investigation and planning; and
(B)will achieve a significant cost reduction for the site.
(h)If the commission collects a fee that is deposited in a dedicated fund established for the purpose of cleaning up a facility, tank, or site described by this subsection, the commission may not use money in the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account to clean up a:
(1)waste tire recycling facility;
(2)municipal solid waste facility;
(3)petroleum storage tank; or
(4)used oil collection and recycling site that received used oil after August 31, 1995.
(i)Not later than the 31st day before the date the commission begins a cleanup or removal under Subsection (g), the commission must publish notice of its intent to perform the cleanup or removal in the Texas Register.
Section 361.133 — Hazardous and Solid Waste Remediation Fee Account,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.133 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).