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TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,071,545

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - Includes fines against U.S. Ecology Texas, Inc. and ETC Field Services, LLC
ContactBrian McGovern
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,012,711 against 26 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: seven air quality, three multimedia, seven municipal wastewater discharge, five petroleum storage tank, one public water system, and two water quality.

One default order was issued for the municipal solid waste enforcement categories.

Included in the total is a fine of $457,669 against U.S. Ecology Texas, Inc., for air and water quality violations, industrial hazardous waste violations, and waste disposal well violations. As part of a supplemental environmental project, $228,834 will be paid to the Texas Association of Resource Conservation for the cleanup of unauthorized trash dumpsites as well as conducting household hazardous waste collection.

Additionally, the total includes a fine of $175,625 against ETC Field Services, LLC, for air quality violations stemming from its failure to prevent unauthorized emissions events and failure to comply with emissions event reporting requirements.

In addition, on May 21, the executive director approved penalties totaling $58,834 against 25 entities. 

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