Health & Safety Code Section 361.191
(a)If the commission, after investigation, finds that there exists a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance at a facility that is causing irreversible or irreparable harm to the public health and safety or the environment and that the immediacy of the situation makes it prejudicial to the public interest to delay action until an administrative order can be issued to potentially responsible parties or until a judgment can be entered in an appeal of an administrative order, the commission may, with the funds available to the commission from the hazardous waste disposal fee fund, undertake immediate removal action at the facility to alleviate the harm.
(b)After the immediate danger of irreversible or irreparable harm has been alleviated, the commission shall proceed under this subchapter.
(c)Findings required under this section must be in writing and may be made ex parte by the commission subject to judicial review under the substantial evidence rule as provided by Chapter 2001 (Administrative Procedure), Government Code.
(d)The reasonable expenses of any immediate removal action taken by the commission may be recoverable from the persons described in Subchapter G or I, and the state may seek to recover the reasonable expenses in any court of appropriate jurisdiction.
Section 361.191 — Immediate Removal,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.191 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).