The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a $5,125 fine against Nueces County earlier this month for storage tank violations near Packary Channel.

According to TCEQ documentation, a routine investigation conducted in November 2009 revealed the county did not properly complete certification for two underground storage tanks at Nueces County Park Packary Channel.

The county also failed to conduct bi-monthly inspection of equipment connected to the tanks.

Of the $5,125 fine, $1,025 was deferred by the commission because the county agreed to an expedited settlement.

The remaining $4,100 of the fine will be provided as a supplemental environmental project to Beautify Corpus Christi to help clean illegal dump sites.

The funds will be used to provide coordination, labor, supplies and materials for the clean-up efforts.

In December 2009, the county submitted correct certification for the tanks and implemented a policy for conducting regular inspections.

Also, earlier this month, the TCEQ issued a $5,400 fine against Flint Hills Resources for an unauthorized emission release that occurred at the company's West Plant on Suntide Road in December.

According to TCEQ documents, the unauthorized release was discovered during a records review conducted by the commission.

Records show that on Dec. 4, 2009, a pressure regulating control valve failed, leading to the release of 772.2 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 307.6 pounds of carbon monoxide and 27.2 pounds of nitrogren oxide over a four hour period.

Of the $5,400 fine, $1,080 was deferred because Flint Hills Resources agreed to an expedited settlement in the case.

The company has performed maintenance on the valve to prevent future releases, documents show.