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TCEQ approves fines totaling $971,580

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 - Includes fines against Chevron Phillips and Circle K Stores
ContactBrian McGovern
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $878,327 against 30 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

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

A default order was issued for the following enforcement category: petroleum storage tank.

Included in the total is a fine of $248,400 against Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, for air quality violations stemming from its failure to comply with allowable emissions limits. As part of a Supplemental Environmental Project, $124,200 will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the Clean Vehicles Partnership Project to replace older, higher-emission buses with new lower-emission buses, or to retrofit old buses with emissions-reducing equipment. Also included is a fine of $110,520 against Circle K Stores, Inc., for petroleum storage tank violations stemming from its failure to monitor storage tanks, and for failure to report and investigate suspected releases at multiple locations.

In addition, on Feb. 12, the executive director approved a total of 43 penalties, totaling $93,253.

The TCEQ's next agenda meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ websiteAdobe Acrobat PDF Document. Meetings can be viewed live on the Agenda Meeting Webcasts webpage. Archived meetings can be viewed on the TCEQ YouTube channelExit the TCEQ. Follow us on Twitter @TCEQ.