• New Development: Reporting Environmental Contamination in Texas
  • September 4, 2003
  • Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas Office
  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") recently published an Interoffice Memorandum ("the Memorandum") that directs the agency's offices how to handle reporting of spills and releases, including the discovery of historic contamination. It defines "historic contamination" as a "release" from an inactive source, whether of known or unknown quantities, citing as an example, contamination discovered during excavation activities. Whether historic contamination must be reported (and by whom) has been a frequent topic of debate.