TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,692,223
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,229,876 against 77 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 18 air quality, one industrial hazardous waste, three industrial waste discharge, three multi-media, one municipal solid waste, 11 municipal waste discharge, 15 petroleum storage tank, 15 public water system, and two water quality.
Default orders were issued for the following categories: one dry cleaner; one industrial waste discharge; one municipal solid waste; four petroleum storage tank, of which two were default and shut-down orders; and one public water system.
Included in the total are fines of $265,562 against Zenergy, Inc. in Brazoria County for failure to install vapor recovery systems and air emissions violations stemming from an investigation on Jan. 28, 2011. Further violations in this order include failure to obtain proper authorizations. The affected oil and gas well was capped on Jan. 17, 2011 and did not resume production until it was properly authorized.
In addition, on April 24, April 25, May 16 and May 17, 2013, the executive director approved 144 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $462,347.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for June 5, 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.