TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $817,787
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $752,512 against 49 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: eight air quality, one dry cleaner, two Edwards Aquifer, one industrial waste discharge, one irrigation licensing, one multimedia, two municipal solid waste, four municipal waste discharge, five petroleum storage tank, and 10 public water system.
Default orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: two air quality, two municipal solid waste, one on-site sewage facility authorization, five petroleum storage tank, two public water system, and one water quality.
There was one petroleum storage tank enforcement default and shutdown order.
In addition, on August 18, the executive director approved 35 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $65,275.
Included in the total are penalties of $180,360 against Exxon Mobil Corporation in Kleberg County, for air violations noted in an investigation conducted July 3, 2013. Of that amount, $90,180 will be used by the Texas Railroad Commission for its Alternative Fuels Clean School Bus Replacement Program. Also included in the total are penalties of $103,703 against Camden Resources, Liberty County, for air quality violations noted in an investigation conducted July 11, 2013.
In other agenda news, the commissioners announced the appointment of Vic McWherter as the agency’s Public Interest Counsel.
The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10. Agenda meetings are webcast live through TexasAdmin.com , where archived meetings are also available.