AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The related video was published in September 2019.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental agency, slapped Texas businesses with a total of $888,868 in penalty fees, according to the agency.
TCEQ announced on Wednesday the agency found 17 entities in Texas violated state environmental regulations, including two businesses in Central Texas.
The two Central Texas entities, in Travis and Hays counties, faced more than $70,000 in fines.
The first local entity hit with a penalty charge from TCEQ is a gas station in Hays County. Snax Max 1 violated 10 environmental regulations, which amounted to a fine of $61,916.
Some of the violations include failing to investigate and report a suspected release of a substance. Snax Max 1 also failed to conduct tests and keep accurate records, according to TCEQ documents.
The new fines also apply to Circle C Children’s Courtyard, which is a daycare center in Travis County. TCEQ hit that business with a $12,000 penalty for three violations of environmental regulations.
Most of the violations related to the business failing to get approval of a Water Pollution Abatement Plan before starting construction on its property.
According to public documents from TCEQ, both Central Texas companies paid their fines.
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