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TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $1,122,871

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 — Penalties assessed against 103 regulated entities
ContactBrian McGovern
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $925,122 against 34 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

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

One order was issued in one petroleum storage tank case following hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Included in the total are fines of $315,000 against BASF Total Petrochemicals in Jefferson County for air emissions violations in 2014 through 2016. Of the total, as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project, $157,500 will be paid to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the Clean Vehicles Partnership Project, to replace old higher-emission buses with new lower-emission buses, or to retrofit or convert old buses with emissions-reducing equipment.

In addition, on Jan. 31, the executive director approved a total of 69 penalties, totaling $197,749.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ website. All agendas are webcast live for free, and archived meetings are available on TexasAdmin.comExit the TCEQ.

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