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The term hazardous materials refers to a broad category of hazardous wastes, hazardous substances and toxic chemicals with the potential to negatively impact human health or the environment. The presence or suspected presence of hazardous material with the potential to influence a transportation project creates a multitude of problems affecting right-of-way acquisition, project development and construction. Environmental practitioners can use these resources and tools to prepare materials associated with the management of hazardous materials during project development.

Questions? Contact the Pollution Prevention and Abatement Section (PPA) at (512) 416-3012.

Date Title Description Format
07/14 Environmental Handbook for Hazardous Materials Focuses on the identification, management, coordination and documentation of hazardous materials during the National Environmental Policy Act process
09/07 Hazardous Materials in Project Development Manual Provides TxDOT's comprehensive online manual for Hazardous Materials in Project Development

Initial Site Assessment

12/14 Hazardous Materials Initial Site Assessment TxDOT’s hazardous materials initial site assessment form

Guidance

02/14 Hazardous Materials in Project Development: Environmental Documentation Provides general examples of environmental documentation summarizing the environmental site assessments, investigations and impacts for hazardous materials
  Guidance for Preparing and Processing Environmental and Section 4(F) Documents (T 6640.8A) Provides guidance focused on documentation requirements for environmental impact statements, for other environmental documentation and Section 4(f) documentation
07/08 Hazardous Materials in Project Development: Scheduling Considerations, Internal/External Coordination and Recommended Practices for Resolving Hazmat Issues Summarizes scheduling considerations, internal and external coordination and recommended practices for resolving several different hazardous materials issues
02/14 Hazardous Materials in Project Development: Laws, Regulations and Agencies Provides requirements of federal and state laws and regulations that apply to the management of hazardous materials in project development and the information on the regulatory agencies responsible for implementing those requirements
  Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Hazardous Waste Sites Affecting Highway Project Development (1988) Provides a framework to build effective processes for dealing with hazardous materials
  FHWA Supplemental Hazardous Waste Guidance (1997) Supplements the 1988 FHWA guidance
  FHWA Policy Revision to Support the Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative Supports the brownfields initiatives by encouraging participation in transportation projects that include the use and redevelopment of contaminated sites when appropriate
01/07 Guidance for Handling Asbestos in Construction Projects Summarizes scheduling considerations, internal and external coordination and recommended practices for resolving several different hazardous materials issues
04/14 Guidance for Temporarily Removing Underground Storage Tank (UST) Systems from Service Explains how to temporarily remove and return to service UST systems in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations.
08/14 Hazardous Materials Initial Site Assessment Report (ISA)
Used to document hazardous materials initial site assessments conducted for TxDOT
07/08 Timely Asbestos Notification for TxDOT Bridge Demolition Projects: Questions & Answers
Explains the Texas Department of State Health Services requirements for providing notification of asbestos abatement and demolition projects
02/14 Removal of USTs Encountered During Construction Provides procedural guidance for addressing an unanticipated UST system discovered in the right of way located in the path of construction

Agreements

02/14 Hazardous Materials in Project Development: Agreements Includes standardized language describing the agreements concerning site assessments

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