TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $964,801
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $781,726 against 42 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 11 air quality, one dry cleaner, two industrial waste discharge, two multimedia, two municipal solid waste, one municipal waste discharge, six petroleum storage tank, 16 public water system, and one water quality.
In addition, on July 14 and 28, and August 1, the executive director approved 85 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $183,075.
Included in the total are penalties of $345,938 against BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals, LLC, in Jefferson County, for air violations noted in an investigation conducted July 29-Aug. 1, 2013. Of that amount, $86,484 will be used by the Texas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Areas, Inc., for its Clean Buses Project. In addition, $86,485 will be used by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, for its West Port Arthur Home Energy Efficiency Program – Lighthouse Program.
The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20. Agenda meetings are webcast live through TexasAdmin.com , where archived meetings are also available.