Summary of New Laws Impacting Texas Metals Program
HB 4110 Effective September 1, 2021
Caption: Relating to the regulation of metal recycling; increasing a criminal penalty.
- Adds requirements relating to the purchase of catalytic converters by metal recycling entities, and increases criminal penalties for knowingly purchasing stolen catalytic converters.
SB 1818 Effective September 1, 2021
Caption: Relating to a defense under the Solid Waste Disposal Act for persons engaged in certain scrap metal recycling transactions.
- Adds requirements for scrap metal recycling transactions under the purview of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to create an exemption from liability for metal recycling entities in relation to scrap metal transactions: if the metal recycling entity arranged for disposal by contract in an appropriate manner, or if the metal recycling entity arranged for transport for disposal or treatment in an appropriate manner, the entity is not held liable for the polluter's actions.