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TCEQ Fines Belvan Corporation, Apache Corporation for Violations
TCEQ Fines Belvan Corporation, Apache Corporation for Violations | odes_txbz, mid_txbz, abil_txbz, ozona, Belvan Corporation, Crockett County, Apache Corporation, Wheeler County, TCEQ, amar_txbz, wheeler, texas, environment, environmental violation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fined Belvan Corporation in Crocket County $119,360 for air violations, and Apache Corporation in Wheeler County $11,200 for records violations.

The fines were included in penalties totaling $860,718 against 92 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

The fine of $119,360 against Belvan Corporation in Crockett County is for air violations stemming from emissions events in June through December of 2009. During this time frame, the company failed to prevent releases, in excess of allowable quantities, of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. Also, the company failed to report these releases to the commission as required by TCEQ rules.  

The fine of $111,200 assessed against Apache Corporation in Wheeler County is for numerous records violations, failure to notify the TCEQ about start-up activities, and failure to implement required monitoring.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 16 air quality, three Edwards Aquifer, one industrial hazardous waste, four industrial waste discharge, one licensed irrigator, two multi-media, one municipal solid waste, 13 municipal waste discharge, 12 petroleum storage tank, two public water system, six utilities, one water operator certification, and one water quality.

Penalties were also assessed in one petroleum storage tank case and one municipal solid waste case, following hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

There were seven field citations. In addition, default orders were issued for the following categories: one air, one Edwards Aquifer, one industrial waste discharge, one municipal solid waste, eight petroleum storage tank, two public water system, and three water quality and two water right. A default and shut down order was issued in one petroleum storage tank case.