TCEQ fined Enterprise $477K bad-flare-care+ from 2007-2011

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.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Megan Hamilton <Megan.Hamilton@tceq.texas.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
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.

Thank you,

Megan

Megan Hamilton

Operational Support Team 2 Leader

Air Permits Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

512-239-1582

 

From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “airperm@tceq.texas.gov” <airperm@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:48 PM
Subject: NSPS allowed on entities being sanctioned? TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
Hello, below is information on TCEQ fines. Regarding Enterprise Products, is it a TCEQ policy to entertain NSPS permits for those entities being investigated?
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2014 NSPS permit application TCEQ

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality <tceq@service.govdelivery.com>
To: kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
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    
Phone: 512-239-0060
Pager: 512-695-8072

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.

Follow us on Twitter @TCEQNews.

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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