The city of Killeen was cited — but not fined — for failing to meet state mandates in its fleet services department.
According to an investigation report, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found the city to be in violation of state regulations mandating it have a licensed operator in the division certified to operate the city’s underground fuel storage tanks.
The report states that when a TCEQ representative visited the city’s fleet services division unannounced Jan. 28, it was determined that the city did not have a licensed operator on staff.
The report goes on to state that on Feb. 3, TCEQ received documentation from the city showing that Frank Tydlacka, fleet services director, obtained proper certification and licensing to put the city within compliance.
Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the city didn’t have certified operators because the division had undergone personnel changes.
The TCEQ report notes the city’s licensed operator, Kim Randall, left the city’s fleet services division Dec. 12, 2012.
Shine said once TCEQ notified the city of its failure to comply, it immediately took action and obtained certification.
State law mandates all facilities with underground storage tanks holding motor fuel have a trained operator who is required to ensure certificates are maintained.
According to the TCEQ website, certification for the underground fuel tanks is required annually.
Certified operators, who renew every three years, are responsible for making sure the tanks are in compliance with state standards.
According to the investigation report, the city is not being fined, but received a notice of violation.
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