State fines city of Tyler for Whitehouse fish kill
March 7, 2012 at 10 p.m.
The city of Tyler will repair a leaking conduit on the Whitehouse dam under a penalty assessed by the state Wednesday for fish-killing sewage discharges two years ago.
The work is in lieu of a $41,400 fine outlined in an agreed order approved in Austin Wednesday by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Entities that are fined by the commission often have an option to perform a Supplemental Environmental Project for some neighbor.
Documents published online Wednesday do not describe the fish kill but list it as justification for the fine.
The documents also indicate the city has taken corrective action to prevent further unauthorized discharges.
The fine was part of $444,258 in penalties assessed against 22 governmental and private entities, for violations of state water or air regulations, during the commission's monthly meeting.
According to the online documents, Tyler was cited for 16 unauthorized discharges, from September 2009 to June 2010, from its two wastewater treatment plant networks.
A total of 331,200 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Indian, Black Fork, Willow and West Mud creeks along with Bellwood Lake and Lake Park, the documents show.
Erosion caused by severe rainstorms prompted many of the discharges as, in one case, 80 feet of a main line was damaged and 85,000 gallons spilled into Indian Creek below the Bellwood Lake spillway.