TABC e-mails response regarding TCEQ allegations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/09

TABC e-mails response regarding TCEQ allegations

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Last month the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had issues with how the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission disposed of some alcohol in Wolfforth. The TCEQ gave the TABC 30 days to answer to the alleged violations.

It would be hard to forget the scene in February when TABC officers broke alcohol bottles at the Kwik Mart in Wolfforth, when investigators discovered the owner of the Food Mart sold alcohol to another retailer.

After this display of disposal, the TCEQ printed documents that indicated three violations. The violations are failure to report a discharge, failure to immediately abate and failure to complete hazardous waste determinations for each solid waste generated.

TABC responded to these violations on Thursday to the TCEQ through e-mail. "Certainly we would never knowingly do something that we believe is damaging the environment," said TABC Public Information Officer Carolyn Beck.   

Sgt. Michael Lockhart with the Lubbock TABC wrote the e-mail to the TCEQ. Part of that response is, "We have completed the clean up and disposal of waste products at the site in Wolfforth."

NewsChannel 11 received an e-mail from TCEQ stating they only received a partial response.

Beck says she is not sure why the response was noted as partial but says TABC's attorney is working up a new response to satisfy TCEQ. "It's very important to our agency, that TABC and TCEQ are working together to make sure nothing illegal or unsafe occurs in the future. If we dispose of large amounts of alcoholic beverages we will if it's possible contact them in advance to make sure that we do it in a way that keeps the environment safe. We are both on the same team and ultimately want the same thing," said Beck.

TCEQ did not wish to comment at this time, but did say they have not received a follow up e-mail from TABC at this time.

2/25/09
TABC seizes & destroys approximately 7,000 containers of alcohol
The TABC uncorked a problem in Wolfforth when investigators discovered the owner of Kwick Food Mart sold potentially harmful alcohol to another Wolfforth retailer. NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson has the story.

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