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TCEQ approves fines totaling $700,609

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 - Includes $200,000 against Flint Hills Resources, LLC in Jefferson Co.
ContactAndrea Morrow
Phone512-239-5011
Pager512-896-3727

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $496,288 against 21 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: three air quality, one Edwards Aquifer, three municipal waste discharge,  six petroleum storage tank, and four public water system.

Default orders were issued for the following categories: one air quality, one on-site sewage facility installer, and two petroleum storage tank.

Included in the total are penalties of $200,000 against Flint Hills Resources, LLC in Jefferson County for unauthorized air emissions resulting in air quality violations stemming from a TCEQ investigation on Feb. 18, 2013. Half of the total fine will be used by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission to operate, maintain, and potentially expand their air-monitoring network.

In addition, on Nov. 8 and Nov. 18, 2013, the executive director approved 80 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $204,321.

The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Agenda items from all commission meetings and work session agendas can be viewed on the TCEQ website. The meeting is also webcast live Exit the TCEQ for free, and archived meetings are available.