The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently fined the City of Littlefield for violations discovered at its landfill.
The violations were discovered during routine investigations conducted in February and reported to the city back in April. The city was penalized with a fine in the amount of $68,775. Littlefield City Manager has said that if all issues are corrected the fine can be reduced to $44,100. The city manager said the city would like to spend the money toward upgrading the landfill not paying a fine. He said, there is a Supplemental Environmental Project part of TCEQ in which a city can get permission to spend the money they were fined in order to get the old landfill closed.
The city manager noted that everything is up to date with the current landfill and is in compliance. The largest part of the fine was due to the improper storage of batteries. The batteries were not stored in the proper area. Other violations included failure to inspect monthly and maintaining visibility of all required landfill markers, failure to install markers to clearly mark significant features of the landfill, failure to control public access to the facility, failure to control windblown waste and litter at the facility, failure to provide adequate landfill cover, failure to prevent the acceptance of prohibited waste at the facility as well as several other violations.