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EPA Reaches Settlement with US Ecology Texas and TD*X Associates for Violation of Federal Environmental Laws

Texas Business reports:  ROBSTOWN, Texas—The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has reached a settlement with US Ecology Texas and TD*X Associates in Robstown, Texas, for violating federal hazardous waste laws.

 The settlement, a legal document called a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), resolves three counts against US Ecology of Texas and TD*X Associates for processing hazardous waste without a permit or interim status and one count against US Ecology Texas for storing hazardous waste without a permit or interim status at its facility on County Road 69 in Robstown.

 The CAFO requires US Ecology Texas and TD*X Associates to follow specific standards for what can be processed at the facility, apply to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a hazardous waste permit and pay a fine of $788,120. 

 The EPA has authorized the TCEQ to administer and enforce federal hazardous waste laws within the state of Texas.

 A hazardous waste permit is a legally binding document that establishes the waste management activities that a facility can conduct and the conditions under which it can operate.

The permit outlines facility design and operation, lays out safety standards and describes activities that the facility must perform, such as monitoring and reporting.