TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,560,174
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,175,956 against 78 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 13 air quality, two industrial waste discharge, two multi-media, 19 municipal waste discharge, 19 petroleum storage tank, 11 public water system, four water quality, and one water right.
Default orders were issued for the following categories: six petroleum storage tank, of which five were default and shut-down orders, and one public water system.
Penalties were also assessed in a municipal wastewater discharge case following hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Included in the total are fines of $107,500 against E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company in Orange County for effluent discharge and reporting violations stemming from an investigation on May 8, 2012.
In addition, on March 5, March 11, and March 22, 2013, the executive director approved 198 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $384,218.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2013. Agenda items from all commission meetings and work session agendas can be viewed on the TCEQ website. The meeting is also webcast live for free, and archived meetings are available.