TCEQ approves fines totaling $659,583
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $501,180 against 33 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: four air quality, one industrial hazardous waste, one irrigation licensing, one multi-media, one municipal solid waste, four municipal waste discharge, 14 petroleum storage tank, two public water system, and one sludge.
Default orders were issued for the following categories: one municipal solid waste, one petroleum storage tank, and one water quality.
Penalties were also assessed in one petroleum storage tank case following hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Included in the total are fines of $100,000 against Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LP in Jefferson County for unauthorized emissions connected to an event that began on April 3, 2012. Of the total, $50,000 will be awarded to the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission to maintain, operate and potentially expand the area’s air monitoring network and for projects designed to reduce home energy use in West Port Arthur.
In addition, on May 23, 2013, the executive director approved 58 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $158,403.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 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.