This Houston/Gulf unnecessary emissions “crap” blows to our DFW lungs.
FAIL = TCEQ to take so long to fine these folks…
and in the interim entertain applications for more pollution!
“…a fine of $477,173 against Enterprise Products Operating LLC in Chambers and Harris counties for a variety of violations – including air emissions violations, reporting violations, and failure to operate a thermal oxidizing flare at the minimum required temperature – between 2007 and 2011″.
Here is the state’s response to allowing more permits while an entity is being investigated….it’s not the business’s fault the state is 5-16 years behind closing an investigation/assessing a fine.
From: Megan Hamilton <Megan.Hamilton@tceq.texas.gov>
To: kim feil <email@example.com>
Cc: AIRPERM <AIRPERM@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 8:25 AM
Subject: RE: NSPS allowed on entities being sanctioned? TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
Good morning, Ms. Feil:
Compliance issues from facilities seeking a permit are taken into account through the TCEQ’s compliance history system. This system provides staff with an evaluation of how facilities are adhering to their current authorizations and TCEQ regulations. Factors such as the seriousness of a violation, the frequency of violations, the number of investigations that have been conducted, and the complexity of the facility are combined to determine a rating and classification for a facility. This rating is used as a tool for staff when issuing authorizations. A facility with an unsatisfactory compliance rating may be subject to more stringent permit conditions, or may not be able to obtain new permits. Thus, the Air Permits Division does continue to write and issue authorizations for facilities, even when they are being investigated. Oftentimes, we have found that the violations or enforcement actions have resulted in the need for new authorizations for these facilities, or resulted in subsequent permit conditions specifically intended to address the compliance problem.
For more information related to Compliance History, please visit our website at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/enforcement/history/about.html.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this e-mail address.
Operational Support Team 2 Leader
Air Permits Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:48 PM
Subject: NSPS allowed on entities being sanctioned? TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:48 PM
Subject: TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
Penalties assessed against 126 regulated entities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Media Contact: Andrew Keese
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,474,822 against 47 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.
Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 13 air quality, two Edward’s Aquifer, one industrial hazardous waste, three industrial wastewater discharge, three multimedia, two municipal solid waste, nine municipal wastewater discharge, three petroleum storage tank, nine public water system, and four water quality (stormwater).
Included in the total is a fine of $477,173 against Enterprise Products Operating LLC in Chambers and Harris counties for a variety of violations – including air emissions violations, reporting violations, and failure to operate a thermal oxidizing flare at the minimum required temperature – between 2007 and 2011. Of the total, as part of Supplemental Environmental Projects, $119,293 will be used by the Barber’s Hill Independent School District for the Alternative Fuel School Bus Replacement Program to replace buses that do not meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards with propane-fueled models, and $119,293 will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Council for their Clean Vehicles Partnership Project to retrofit or replace school buses that do not meet 2010 EPA emissions standards.
In addition, on Jan. 28 and Feb. 2, the executive director approved a total of 79 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $188,824.67.
The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17. 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.com.
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