Health & Safety Code Section 361.201
Financial Capability and Funding Priority
(a)The commission may determine whether a potentially responsible party is financially capable of conducting any necessary remediation studies or remedial action. The commission by rule shall adopt the criteria for determination of financial capability.
(b)If no financially capable, potentially responsible parties exist for a facility, the commission shall issue an administrative order stating its determination that the facility constitutes an imminent and substantial endangerment and that there are no financially capable, potentially responsible parties. The commission shall then conduct its own remediation study and remedial action, using federal funds if available, or, if federal funds are not available, using state funds from the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account.
(c)Generally, the remediation of listed facilities shall be achieved first by private party funding, second with the aid of federal funds, and third, if necessary, with state funds from the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account.
(d)The commission shall determine whether a potentially responsible party is financially capable of conducting any necessary remediation studies or remedial action if the responsible party is an individual whose homestead includes the facility subject to or affected by a remedial action.
(e)The commission by rule shall adopt criteria for determining the financial capability of an individual under Subsection (d). The rules must provide that the value of the individual’s homestead may not be included in the total amount of the individual’s assets if:
(1)the individual is occupying the homestead as a home; and
(2)the fair market value of the homestead is $250,000 or less.
Section 361.201 — Financial Capability and Funding Priority,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.201 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).