Department of Ecology News Release - November 27, 2012

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Ecology announces penalties for third quarter of 2012

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued $491,628 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the third quarter (July, August, September) of 2012. A table describing the violations and resulting penalties is available below.

Ecology issues individual news releases for penalties of $10,000 or greater. Links to the news release are included in the table. A particular penalty may be fully satisfied at this time or in the process of an appeal or settlement discussions.

Communities, families and businesses depend on clean air, land and water, and on reliable water supplies. Complying with our state’s and our nation’s laws helps assure this. See Ecology’s “Protecting Washington's Quality of Life” website portal for more information.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with these laws. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to a ruling by the Pollution Control Hearings Board or a negotiated settlement. Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for:

The most common accounts receiving collected penalties are:

July 1 – September 30, 2012

County of violation

City of violation

Date issued

Recipient

Violation Description

Penalty amount

Media contact

Adams

Odessa                 

8/6/2012 Jon Fink

Mr Fink burned outside the designated burn hours on May 31, 2012. Burning was allowed in Adams County that day only between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. He was burning at 1:15 p.m.

$2,000

Jani Gilbert,
(509)
329-3495

 

Benton

(Hanford) 7/19/2012

U.S. Dept of Energy (DOE) Hanford Facility 200 Area Scott A. Samuelson, Manager, US DOE Office of River Protection

The U.S. DOE missed a deadline to negotiate schedules for designing and building facilities to treat secondary waste that will result from the treatment of waste stored in Hanford’s underground tanks.

News Release

$5,000

Dieter Bohrmann,
(509)
372-7954

Clallam            

Neah Bay 9/6/2012 Fishing Vessel Karanna, Edith Johnston

On May 9, 2012 the fishing vessel Karanna went aground at Chibahdehl Rocks near the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The vessel broke up in rough water, spilling less than 50 gallons of diesel fuel and one five-gallon bucket of lube oil.

 

$1,500

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

Clark

Ridgefield 9/24/2012 Clark County Excavating

Clark County Excavating operated on the Packard Creek Ranch construction site without the required construction stormwater general permit. Stormwater discharges from this site go into Packard Creek.

$1,500

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

Cowlitz

Columbia River at Longview 3/1/12 Liberty Maritime Corp.

Oil was discharged from the generator on the vessel Liberty Sun, which was moored at the Port of Longview

$750 penalty and state response cost reimbursement of  $3,446 

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

Grant

Moses Lake                 

9/20/2012

JR Simplot Co.

Failed to operate air pollution control equipment in 2011 as permit requires. Did not perform yearly equipment testing in 2009. 

$3,000

Jani Gilbert,
(509)
329-3495

Klickitat          

White Salmon 7/9/2012 Lester Tubbs

Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire without landowner permission. Also burned without a permit and caused nuisance smoke.

$8,520

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
(509)
575-2610

King

Seattle                 

7/10/2012

Top Hat Service Station

Failed to comply with multiple underground storage tank leak prevention and detection requirements.

$1,500

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King               

Renton

7/11/2012

Johansen Excavating, Inc.

Repeatedly failed to install controls - required under the Construction Stormwater General Permit - to prevent sediment discharges into the city storm drain during work on the City of Renton Rainier Ave. S. Improvements Project.

$1,000

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King Seattle 7/18/2012 Waterfront Construction, Inc. A former military landing craft sank off West Seattle and released about 320 gallons of diesel and motor oil to Puget Sound. See news release.  $18,000 Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King

Seattle                 

7/20/2012

King County Facilities management Division

Repeatedly failed to install controls – required under the Construction Stormwater General Permit -- to prevent sediment discharges into the city storm drain during work on the Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Master Plan Trail.

$1,500

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King

Seattle

7/24/2012

Independent Metals

Allowed polluted runoff to flow to the Duwamish Waterway from two locations.  See news release.

$14,000

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King         

Seattle 8/13/2012 AMC Apartment Management Consultants, LLC

Between 40 and 70 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from an underground storage tank at 9th Ave. and Madison St. to the city storm water system, which flowed to Lake Union on Nov. 23, 2011.

 

$1,100

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King

Seattle 8/13/2012 Vigor Shipyards

Released about 20 gallons of lubricating oil on Feb. 16, 2012 when a crane at the Harbor Island shipyard fell into the water along the West Waterway.

$1,100

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King        

Seattle 8/15/2012 Schultz Performance Lubricants & Services

Did not complete testing required every three years on 11 steel underground fuel lines at King County Airport.

$2,000

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King

Seattle 8/17/2012 Gas N Wash Failed to comply with multiple underground storage tank leak prevention and detection requirements.

$1,700

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

King

Seattle 8/20/2012 Rainier Commons, LLC

Failure to dispose of 1,925 gallons of hazardous wastes containing lead and mercury within the required time limit and failure to store these liquid hazardous wastes within secondary containment.

$6,700

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

Jefferson

Port Townsend 8/23/2012 Port Townsend Paper

Violated air operating permit for recovery furnace particulate levels on March 26, 2012, and violated smoke density limits from the package boiler on March 12 and 14.

$4,000

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

Okanongan           

Chewsaw

7/17/2012 Crown Resources, Buckhorn Mountain

Crown failed to maintain its capture zone for 94 days, discharged water causing a landslide and discharged water at an unauthorized discharge point at the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine. News Release

$395,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
(509)
575-2610

Pierce             

Tacoma

7/11/2012 Simpson, Tacoma

Exceeded daily maximum “biological oxygen demand” (BOD) limit of 18,780 pounds on April 15, 2012, reaching 28,100 pounds. BOD is a measure of a pollutant’s negative impact on oxygen levels in water. 

$6,000

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

Pierce             

Tacoma

7/6/2012 Totem Ocean Trailer Express

Some 1,130 gallons of lube oil spilled to the deck of the vessel Midnight Sun deck and about 35 gallons escaped from the vessel into the Blair Waterway. This occurred after a semi-trailer containing the lube oil backed into a tank truck, causing the trailer to be punctured. 

$500 penalty and state response cost reimbursement of $1,812

Linda Kent,
(360)
407-6239

San Juan         

Decatur Island 9/7/2012 Nancey Wilbur, La Conner

The fishing vessel TW Legacy sank northeast of Decatur Island on Aug. 27, 2011, with 50 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The vessel spilled diesel fuel to Thatcher Pass.

$2,500

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

San Juan

Shaw Island 9/7/2012 Patrick Tucker, Phoenix, AZ

On Dec. 27, 2011, the pleasure boat St. Mary sank off Shaw Island spilling 20 gallons diesel fuel into Blind Bay. See Web page.

$1,500

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

Snohomish

Everett 8/30/2012 City of Everett

A break in a pressurized sewer main caused the discharge of about one million gallons of raw sewage into North Creek on April 12, 2012. The penalty is part of an agreed order with Everett on projects and programs to prevent sewage system spills. See news release.

$4,000

Larry Altose,
(425)
649-7009

Yakima        

Yakima 9/4/2012 Herke Rock and Construction

Herke failed to submit discharge monitoring reports as required as a condition of the Sand and Gravel General Permit.

$2,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
(509)
575-2610

Total

$491,628.00

 

For more information:
Compliance and Enforcement (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/enforce.html)