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TCEQ imposes penalty on Sunoco in Nederland

Staff report

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has imposed a penalty of $47,195 on Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals in Nederland, the agency revealed.

In a finding released this week, TCEQ said the Sunoco terminal, located at 2300 N. Twin City Highway, was assessed the penalty for failing to comply with the permitted annual maximum allowable emissions rate and for failure to report all instances of deviation.

The former violation occurred in 2015, the latter in 2015-16, according to documents released by TCEQ.

Corrective actions included an adjustment on the company’s permit, implementations of weekly calls to discuss deviation reporting and submission of revised deviation reports.

TCEQ said $9,439 of the penalty was deferred for expedited settlement, $9,439 was paid in an offset to Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and $9,439 was paid in an offset to the Houston-Galveston Area Council-AERCO.

The portion sent to SETRPC will go to the West Port Arthur Home Energy Efficiency Program, which will involve home inspections for energy improvements, TCEQ documents revealed. The portion sent to the Houston-Galveston council will go toward helping purchase new, more energy-efficient buses.

In other decisions:

  • The city of Bridge City was assessed a penalty of $351 for failure to comply with a maximum contaminant level in the water system in 2016 and failing to provide timely notice of the violation to the state.