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TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $539,018

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 — Includes penalty of $150,000 against Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $530,964 against 32 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 11 air quality, one Edwards Aquifer, one industrial hazardous waste, two multimedia, two municipal solid waste, one municipal wastewater discharge, three petroleum storage tank, seven public water system, one sludge, and one water quality.

Default orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: one landscape irrigator and one multimedia.

Included in the total is a fine of $120,000 against Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for air quality violations stemming from its failure to comply with permitted emissions rate and concentration limits at various times in 2016 and 2017. As part of a Supplemental Environmental Project, $30,000 of the amount will be used by the Houston Regional Monitoring Corporation to operate a network of ambient air monitoring stations. Additionally, as part of the SEP, $30,000 of the amount will be used by the Barbers Hill Independent School District for an Energy Efficiency Building Upgrade/Retrofit project to install new electric submeters and transformers.

In addition, on Sept. 18, 2018, the executive director approved three penalties, totaling $8,054.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2018. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ website Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. Meetings can be viewed live on the Agenda Meeting Webcasts webpage. Follow us on Twitter @TCEQ.