TCEQ approves fines totaling $850,541 and water-right permit for new reservoir
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved a water-right permit to construct and maintain a dam and reservoir to be known as Lake Ralph Hall. This is the first major reservoir permit, not directed by the legislature, to be approved in more than 25 years.
The commissioners also approved penalties totaling $509,756 against 26 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: five air quality, two multi-media, one municipal solid waste, two municipal waste discharge, eight petroleum storage tank, six public water system, and one sludge.
Default orders were issued for the following categories: one petroleum storage tank.
Included in the total are penalties of $215,600 against Superior Crude Gathering, Inc. in San Patricio County for air quality violations stemming from an emissions event in early 2010. Half of the penalty amount will be applied to a Supplemental Environmental Project. These funds will be used to supplement the emissions testing program in Corpus Christi and to replace older diesel school buses with newer, cleaner models.
In addition, on Sept. 5, 10 and 16, 2013, the executive director approved 117 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $340,785.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 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.