Pine Tree ISD is being fined by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for violations at a district bus barn.
The district will spend $14,800 on a local erosion project to offset all but $4,000 of the fine levied essentially for a technical violation regarding a fuel tank at the Birch Street bus refueling station, the state reported today.
According to 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 TCEQ decided Wednesday.
The violations were uncovered in an August 2011 inspection that prompted a routine negotiation period leading to an agreement the district will carry out 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.
As of this posting, the district was working on a comment for the story.