HARKER HEIGHTS — A state investigation found two homebuilders in violation of environmental regulations after residents in the Tuscany Meadows subdivision complained about construction materials blowing into a tributary of Trimmier Creek, according to copies of reports obtained by the Daily Herald on Wednesday.
The tributary, which runs behind a row of homes in the subdivision at the corner of Stillhouse Hollow Lake and Chaparral roads, previously was investigated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality after a sewage leak from a Harker Heights wastewater system manhole in December.
TCEQ issued a notice of enforcement to the city Feb. 17 for failing to prevent the sewage leak. The commission said Tuesday penalties could be forthcoming.
In a separate investigation spurred by residents’ concerns about debris blowing into the tributary, TCEQ issued notices of violation Feb. 13 to Pulte Homes of Texas and W&B Construction indicating the companies failed to remove sediment build, failed to limit off-site transport of litter and materials, and did not follow best management practices at 12 building sites throughout the subdivision.
Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman with TCEQ, said the homebuilders had completed all corrective actions and no enforcement measures would be taken.
“Compliance is the TCEQ’s primary concern,” Morrow said.
A notice of violation — as opposed to a notice of enforcement — does not initiate a formal enforcement procedure, according to TCEQ’s website.
In the report, TCEQ said the homebuilder had to comply with multiple corrective actions before March 13, including developing controls to limit off-site transport of litter and debris and removing all waste that “migrated” from construction sites.