Washington State Department of Ecology - April 19, 2013

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Mukilteo firm fined for water quality violations

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has fined Industrial Plating Corp. (IPC) of Mukilteo $19,500 for failing to take – or delaying – several measures required to protect water quality from wastewater discharges coming from the manufacturing facility.

IPC, located at 4204 Russell Road, operates under an Ecology-issued permit that sets limits on pollutants and requires sampling and reporting of sampling results for its wastewater.

The company discharges wastewater from its manufacturing process into Mukilteo’s sewer system. 

IPC’s water quality permit sets pollution limits that protect the operation of the Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District’s sewage treatment plant.

Ecology found that IPC violated several water quality permit requirements. The company:

“We believe these violations showed a disregard for their permit,” said Gerald Shervey, acting regional supervisor for Ecology’s water quality program.  “We appreciate IPC’s more recent return to compliance, because in doing so the company operates in a way that protects Puget Sound and the local treatment plant.”

The company submitted the overdue monitoring reports in response to a Notice of Violation issued by Ecology in June 2012, and has complied with its permit requirements since that time.

Water quality permits require monitoring because the resulting information enables Ecology and the facility to verify compliance with limits and requirements in the permit. Manuals and plans ensure that facility staff will properly carry out required pollution prevention practices.

Ecology issued this permit in April 2011.

IPC may appeal Ecology’s penalty to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Media Contact:

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Jerry Shervey, Ecology water quality industrial unit, 425-649-7293, jerry.shervey@ecy.wa.gov

More information:

Ecology’s water quality program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wqhome.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)