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TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $1,402,678

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — Includes fines of $847,284 against Nalco Company for air emissions violations
ContactBrian McGovern
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,350,593 against 41 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

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

Default orders were issued in the following categories: one petroleum storage tank and one public water system.

Included in the total are fines of $847,284 against Nalco Company in Fort Bend County for air emissions violations in 2011 through 2015. Of the total, as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project, a total of $423,642 will be paid to the Texas City Independent School District, the Barbers Hills Independent School District, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 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 April 25, the executive director approved a total of 17 penalties, totaling $52,085.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for May 10, 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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