TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $563,170
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $506,715 against 24 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: one agricultural, eight air quality, one Edwards Aquifer, three multimedia, one municipal solid waste, eight petroleum storage tank, and one public water system.
A default order was issued for one petroleum storage tank.
In addition, on February 13, the executive director approved 28 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $56,455.
Included in the total are penalties of $175,389 against Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC in Brazoria County, for air quality violations. Of that amount, $87,694 will be used for the Brazoria County Vehicle and Equipment Program.
Commissioners also voted to modify the executive director’s emergency order suspending the release of interruptible water supplies on the Lower Colorado River, for a duration of 120 days from the original order, approved on January 27.
The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26. Agenda meetings are webcast live through TexasAdMin.com , where archived meetings are also available.