Texas Commission On Environmental Quality Hands Out Fines To Circle K and Chevron

Matt Briscoe

Austin, Texas—-The Texas Commission On Environmental Quality this week handed down some pretty light fines for some fairly serious violations.

The Commission fined Circle K Stores, Inc. $110,520 for petroleum storage tank violations stemming from its failure to monitor storage tanks, and for failure to report and investigate suspected releases at multiple locations around the state. Circle K is now owned by Canadian firm Couche-Tard. The company has not responded to our request for comment on the fines.

Circle K Stores, Inc. is also expected to be before the Commission again on February 27, to address more specific issues regarding problems in Kauffman, Gonzales and Lavaca counties. The issues likely circle around storage issues and environmental contamination—which has haunted the chain for sometime.

In other action, the Commission hit Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, for air quality violations stemming from its failure to comply with allowable emissions limits. That fine totaled $248,400 dollars. The Commission said that $124,200 of the money collected will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the Clean Vehicles Partnership Project to replace older, higher-emission buses with new lower-emission buses, or to retrofit old buses with emissions-reducing equipment.

In their up coming meeting, the Commission will give ear to an application by Louis Vuitton U.S. Manufacturing, Inc., for a permit to authorize the discharge of treated domestic wastewater at a daily average flow not to exceed 13,000 gallons per day. The facility will be located at 5520 County Road 316, in Johnson County.

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