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City to demolish old buildings rather than send money to TCEQ

City of Commerce, TX

COMMERCE - The Commerce City Council has accepted a bid for an environmental project in lieu of paying a fine to the TCEQ, which was issued following a 2011 inspection at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The project must cost at least $38,000 - the cost of the fine - or the city is required to pay the difference. So far they've spent just over $4,000 on an asbestos and lead paint inspection at the old Commerce Parks and Recreation buildings located on Park Street. 

On Tuesday, council hired Mercury Services of Dallas for the demolition of the facilities. See the agenda item here.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fine was due to an infiltration in excess of 10 million gallons at the Wastewater Plant which occurred following a storm that produced heavy rainfall. The plant is capable of treating only 2 million gallons.