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Pine Tree ISD fined for violations at bus barn

By Glenn Evans
May 23, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Pine Tree ISD will spend $14,800 on a local erosion project to offset all but $4,000 of a state environmental fine for essentially a technical violation regarding a fuel storage tank at the Birch Street bus refueling station, the state reported Thursday.

According to backup materials for an agreed order approved Wednesday in Austin, the district failed to renew a certificate showing the underground tank can accept fuel delivery and failed to provide such a certificate to a vendor. The district also failed to provide required proof that piping to the tank is secure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality decided Wednesday.

The district had no immediate comment on the fine.

The violations were uncovered in an August 2011 inspection that prompted a routine negotiation period leading to an agreement the district will carry out a Supplemental Environmental Project.

That project is construction of an enclosed storm drain to divert rain water runoff away from soil that is serving as an erosion buffer for timber land in Gregg County.

The enforcement action on Pine Tree ISD was among 77 issued Wednesday by Environmental commissioners in Austin. Fines totaled almost $1.7 million.

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