TCEQ OKs fines for area businesses

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State environmental officials approved orders that fine a Justin restaurateur and two area shingle recycling operations for violating state rules meant to protect air and water quality.

In December 2011, state investigators from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality returned to shingle recycling sites being operated by Central State Shingle Recycling, based in Moore, Okla., in Hebron and Lewisville, according to state records. They cited the company for failing to obtain the appropriate permit for storm water discharges and noted that the company no longer has access to the sites.

In Austin on Wednesday, commissioners approved a default order that fines the company $5,350 for the violations. A portion of the fine was an enhancement for previous violations at the site. Central State was fined in June 2012 for violations in Hebron, Lewisville and another site in Tarrant County.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.

An agreed order fining Donald R. Davis and Daniel L. Davis, of Krum, $7,850 for operating a shingle disposal site in the 5100 block of E. University Drive, in Denton, was also approved by commissioners Wednesday.

TCEQ logged several complaints in late May and early June 2011 about the disposal site. Inspectors found about 44,930 cubic yards of asphalt shingles, wood pallets, scrap metal and mixed waste between June 2011 and February 2012, according to state documents. In the agreed order, the men must stop accepting the waste and have six months to remove the material and provide proof it was disposed of properly.

Neither man could be reached for comment.

Commissioners also approved an agreed order with Justin businesswoman Paula Reagan, of Lucky Roadhouse BBQ, 9250 Harmonson Road, for four violations related to a public water supply. Reagan agreed to pay a $2,700 fine, which included enhancements for six previous violations, and take a number of remedial steps.

State inspectors found that, between October 2011 and January 2012, Reagan failed to collect samples to test for coliform bacteria, nitrates and a triennial test for heavy metals and minerals. The order provides for a time frame to get that testing done.

A call for comment to Reagan’s attorney, Roger Yale, was not returned.

In all, commissioners approved $1,831,176 in penalties against 47 entities for violating state environmental rules Wednesday.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com.


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