TCEQ approves fines totaling $678,041
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $566,789 against 33 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: six air quality, two industrial waste discharge, five municipal waste disposal, seven petroleum storage tank, three public water system, and one water quality.
Default orders were issued for the following categories: one air quality; one irrigation licensing; one multi-media; five petroleum storage tank, of which two were default and shutdown orders; one public water system; and one water quality.
Penalties were also assessed in petroleum storage tank case following hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Included in the total are penalties of $100,000 against KM Liquids Terminals, LLC in Harris County for air quality violations stemming from a gasoline spill in October 2012. Half of the penalty amount will be applied to a Supplemental Environmental Project. These funds will be used to replace or retrofit gas-powered vehicles or equipment in the Barbers Hill Independent School District.
In addition, on Sept. 26, 2013, the executive director approved 50 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $111,252.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 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.