By James Clark email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - State regulators fine the City of New Deal for six wastewater violations including unauthorized discharge of wastewater from a holding pond to a playa lake. Public records say New Deal "Failed to prevent an unauthorized discharge of an unknown amount of wastewater."
The official record goes on to say, "Specifically, a discharge of wastewater was noted from the northeast corner of the northern holding pond, running directly into a nearby playa lake bottom."
The City of New Deal denies the charges but nevertheless agrees to pay the fine. The violations were discovered during a routine inspection back on March 16th and became public record as part last week's meeting agenda for the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality. TCEQ also claims that New Deal failed to test equipment that prevents cross contamination between waste water and drinking water.
New Deal was forced to take corrective action and agreed to pay a fine $6,578.
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