Business Pleads Guilty to Defrauding TCEQ Grant Program
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that Red Dog Track, Inc., pleaded guilty April 4 to tampering with a governmental record, and was ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the TCEQ and a $7,500 criminal fine.
Environmental crimes investigators executed two search warrants on Jan. 8, 2014, and determined that employees of Red Dog Track, Inc., submitted false equipment usage reports to the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. Red Dog Track, Inc., operates a shale mine in Millsap, Texas (Parker County).
The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan is a voluntary incentive program administered by the TCEQ to improve air quality in Texas. The TERP program helps Texas meet federal air quality standards by reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which reacts with volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone (or smog). TERP grants help offset the cost of replacing or upgrading older, high-emission trucks and non-road equipment with newer models and engines that have substantially fewer emissions.
This investigation was conducted by the TCEQ Environmental Crimes Unit, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Environmental Crimes Unit, and the Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.