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State School fined, TCEQ crackdown on unauthorized municipal waste site

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Environmental regulators either have taken or soon will take action for seven local violations. 

Lubbock State School

The Lubbock State School has been fined for an environmental violation.  According to public records the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality fined the State School, also known as the Lubbock State Supported Living Center, failed to have certain safety equipment that would warn of a leak for its underground petroleum storage tank. 

Those same records also say the State School has paid of fine of $1,750 and already taken corrective action. 

Unauthorized Municipal Waste Site

A Lubbock man is accused of running an unauthorized municipal waste dump at 9514 County Road 2500.  In December the TCEQ will consider a default order against David Trevino, age not listed, of Lubbock. 

"Specifically, Respondent disposed of approximately 32,976 cubic yards of mixed construction and demolition waste, tires, brush, and asphalt shingles at the Site."  If true, that's like a pile of waste 96 feet long, 96 feet wide and 96 feet tall. 

If approved, a default order would force Trevino to pay a fine of more than $10,000 and remove all waste within nine months.

There are several individuals in the Lubbock area named David Trevino.  We were unable to locate a phone number for the one associated with 9514 County Road 2500. 

Routine Fines

The TCEQ fined a company doing business in Lubbock for not having proper equipment to detect a leak on its underground petroleum storage tank.  Central Freight Lines, 8414 Ash, paid a fine of $1,750 and already fixed the problem according to official records.

The Sonik Mart at 3908 Avenue Q agreed to a fine of more than $3,000 after it was accused of several violations.  Sonik Mart admits no wrongdoing in the agreed order but does agree to make corrections.  The store was accused of not taking safety precautions to detect possible fuel leaks. 

A convenience store in Littlefield is fined for not having the proper equipment or methods to detect an underground fuel leak.  Center Gas Fuels paid the fine and took corrective action, according to public records.

The TCEQ fined Joe's Mart, 3314 4th Street, for not monitoring its underground fuel tanks for possible leaks.  Joe's Mart admitted no wrongdoing but did agree to pay a fine of more than $2,800 and make corrections.

The TCEQ has ordered or soon will order a Lubbock mobile home park to pay a fine of $2701 for water violations.  TCEQ records says Fort Jackson Mobile Estates failed to keep Fluoride levels in check, failed to deliver a yearly water report to its residents, and failed to pay administrative fees on its water system. 

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