TCEQ approves fines totaling $503,971 – Includes penalty of $214,388 against TPC Group, LLC

Austin TX (1/30/2019) – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $451,862 against 16 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

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

Included in the total is a fine of $214,388 against TPC Group, LLC, for air quality violations stemming from its failure to comply with allowable emissions limits. As part of a Supplemental Environmental Project, $107,194 will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Council to replace older, higher-emission buses with new lower-emission buses, or to retrofit old buses with emissions-reducing equipment.

In addition, on Jan. 29, the executive director approved a total of 22 penalties, totaling $52,109.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2019. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ website. Meetings can be viewed live on the Agenda Meeting Webcasts webpage. Archived meetings can be viewed on the TCEQ YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter @TCEQ.

Media contact: Brian McGovern TCEQ Media Relations Specialist Brian.McGovern@Tceq.Texas.Gov 512-239-5003

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TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $826,432; Includes fines against Formosa Plastics and city of Rio Grande City

Austin TX (1/16/2019) – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $662,036 against 32 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: four air quality, two industrial hazardous waste, one industrial wastewater discharge, four multimedia, two municipal wastewater discharge, one petroleum storage tank, 12 public water system, and one water quality.

Default orders were issued in the following enforcement categories: one air quality, one municipal solid waste, one petroleum storage tank, and two water quality.

Included in the total is a fine of $121,875 against Formosa Plastics Corporation for industrial wastewater discharge violations stemming from its failure to prevent the discharge of solids into waters of the state and its failure to properly analyze effluent samples. Also included in the total is a fine of $120,124 against the city of Rio Grande City for municipal solid waste and water quality violations.

In addition, on Dec. 18 and Jan. 15, the executive director approved a total of 61 penalties, totaling $164,396.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ website. Meetings can be viewed live on the Agenda Meeting Webcasts webpage. Archived meetings can be viewed on the TCEQ YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter @TCEQ.

Media contact: Brian McGovern TCEQ Media Relations Specialist Brian.McGovern@Tceq.Texas.Gov 512-239-5003

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