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What is a Closed
Municipal Solid Waste Landfill?
According to rule 330.951 of the Texas Administrative Code, a closed municipal solid waste landfill is a discrete area of land or an excavation that has received only municipal solid waste or municipal solid waste combined with other solid wastes, including but not limited to construction/demolition waste, commercial solid waste, nonhazardous sludge, conditionally exempt small-quantity generator hazardous waste, and industrial solid waste, and that is not a land application unit, surface impoundment, injection well, or waste pit as those terms are defined by 40 CFR 257.2.
State Bill 1447 (76th Legislature): View SB 1447 (PDF) 14K

What are the rules for development over Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfills?
The rules are available at the Texas Legislature Online under Administrative Code, Select Title 30 Environmental Quality, Part 1 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Chapter 330 Municipal Solid Waste, Subchapter T Use of Land Over Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, 330.951 - 330.963.

Closed Landfill Inventory Brochure
for Local Government Officials:

Facts about the Closed Landfill Inventory for Local Government Officials.
Download Brochure (PDF) 2M

Closed Landfill Inventory Brochure
for Environmental Consultants and Developers:
Facts about the Closed Landfill Inventory for Environmental Consultants and Developers.
Download Brochure 856K
"Waste High in Data" Poster: To Identify and Inventory Closed Landfills with GIS.
Click to Download Poster 3.5M

This CLOSED OR ABANDONED MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILL INVENTORY was prepared from information furnished by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ"), permitting records on file with TCEQ and the Texas Department of Health, and from aerial photography and GIS data developed by H-GAC. The county map, individual site maps, and legal descriptions of the closed or abandoned municipal solid waste landfills represent TCEQ's and H-GAC's best judgment about the landfills' location, but neither TCEQ nor H-GAC warrants the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the maps or legal descriptions. Moreover, because TCEQ and H-GAC have inventoried only known municipal solid waste landfills, TCEQ and H-GAC make no representation about whether a specific tract of land may overlie an unknown municipal or other solid waste landfill.

Houston-Galveston Area Council - Solid Waste Management Program - December 2008