TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $781,154
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $688,082 against 36 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations. Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 12 air quality, one Edwards Aquifer, two industrial and hazardous waste, one industrial waste discharge, one municipal solid waste, six petroleum storage tank, two public drinking water, and one water quality.
Default orders were issued for one air quality, four municipal waste discharge, two petroleum storage tank, and one public drinking water.
There was one petroleum storage tank default and shutdown order.
Penalties were also assessed in one petroleum storage tank case following a hearing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Included in the total are penalties of $126,250 against ExxonMobil Oil Corporation in Jefferson County, for air quality violations stemming from an investigation on Aug. 7, 2012. Half of the total fine will be used by the Texas Air Research Center for its Flare Speciation and Air Quality Modeling project.
Also included in the total are penalties of $101,038 against Motiva Enterprises LLC, in Jefferson County, for air quality violations stemming from investigations from January–March, 2012. Half of the total fine will be used by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission’s West Port Arthur Home Energy Efficiency Program.
In addition, on December 4, the executive director approved 47 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $93,072.
The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for January 15. Agenda meetings are webcast live through TexasAdMin.com , where archived meetings are also available.