The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued more than $25,000 in fines last week to the City of Corpus Christi and three Nueces County businesses.

The first fine, of $5,300, was issued to the City of Corpus Christi for exceeding permitted capacity at the J.C. Elliott Landfill. According to information from the TCEQ, the violation was found during a routine investigation conducted in November and December of last year.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will apply the entire $5,300 fine toward a supplemental environmental project. That project, conducted by the Beautify Corpus Christi Association, will clean up unauthorized dump sites in the county.

According to the TCEQ report, the city is required to remove all unauthorized waste at the facility within 90 days and information certifying compliance within 105 days.

The second fine, of $12,315, was issued by the TCEQ against Bucky's Navigation Inc., doing business as Corpus Christi Truck Stop. According to the TCEQ report, the truck stop, located in the 1300 block of Navigation Boulevard, was cited for seven separate violations following a routine investigation in January. Those violations centered around the testing, maintenance and care of underground fuel storage tanks. Under the terms of an agreement between the company and TCEQ, $2,463 of the fine will be deferred, while the remaining amount will be paid in monthly installments for the next 35 months. The company is required to submit written certification of compliance within 45 days of the order.

The third fine, of $5,382, was issued against Valero Refining of Texas for a March 6, 2007 incident in which the refinery located on Cantwell Lane in Corpus Christi failed to prevent unauthorized emissions. Those emissions, which lasted 24 hours, occurred during maintenance of a tank on the site. The company was also cited for failing to submit a final report on the incident within two weeks, as required.

Under the terms of an agreement with TCEQ, $1,076 of the fine was deferred, $2,153 was to be paid to TCEQ and the remaining $2,153 will be used to fund a Supplement Environmental Project. That funding will go toward the Texas A&M Corpus Christi AutoCheck Program, which is a remote system that detects polluting vehicles as they drive by a sensor. Vehicles that are identified as major pollutants through the system are referred to service stations that perform repairs to correct the vehicle emissions, according to the TCEQ report.

The fourth fine, of $2,200, was issued by TCEQ against Texas Business Networks Inc., doing business as Country Store 2 in the 4400 block of Weber Road. According to the TCEQ report, the company was cited for violations related to the certification of its underground fuel storage tanks. Under the terms of the agreement, $440 of the fine was deferred by TCEQ, while the remaining amount will be paid in monthly installments over the next 16 months. The company has submitted proper certification to TCEQ since the violations were discovered, according to information provided by TCEQ.