Department of Ecology News Release - May 31, 2013

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Ecology announces penalties for first quarter of 2013

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued $622,281 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the first quarter (January, February, March) of 2013. A table describing the violations and resulting penalties is available below.

This quarter includes a $405,000 penalty to Bret A. Simpson and his company Principle Metals LLC. Simpson and his company were fined for spilling oil during the illegal in-water scrapping of the Barge Davy Crockett in the Columbia River near Camas. The penalty included fines for 40 days of ongoing environmental harm from continuing oil leaks to the Columbia River. Simpson offered no assistance or cooperation in the response, cleanup or removal of the Davy Crockett. On July 12, 2012, he pleaded guilty to two criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. The U.S. Coast Guard and the states of Washington and Oregon oversaw a 10-month project to surround the 431-foot vessel with a steel wall, cut it up and completely remove it from the river.

Ecology’s fine to Simpson is the fourth-highest spills penalty the state has issued, with the highest being the $7.5 million penalty issued in the case of the 1999 Olympic Pipeline explosion that claimed three lives and burned through the heart of the city of Bellingham.

Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for:

Ecology issues individual news releases for penalties of $10,000 or greater or when there is high public interest in an incident. Links to the news releases -- including the release on the penalty for the Davy Crockett incident -- are included in the table. A particular penalty may be fully satisfied at this time or in the process of an appeal or settlement discussion. 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.

The most common accounts receiving collected penalties are:

January 1 – March 31, 2013

County  of violation

City

Date Issued

Recipients

Violation Description

Penalty amount

Media contact

Benton

Richland

3/14/2013

Harris Transportation of Portland, Ore.

Delivered petroleum to USA Gas No. 62506, a facility that didn’t display a compliance tag showing it was in compliance with underground storage tank (UST) regulations.  

$1,500

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 - 575-2610

 

Chelan

Chelan

1/9/2013

Lakeside Petroleum Co.

Failed  to comply with tank release detection requirements at Lakeside Petroleum Co.

$1,600

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 - 575-2610

 

Clark

Vancouver

3/14/2013

Holly Park Properties, LLC,

Multiple underground storage tank infractions were found during An inspection at the Corner Market.

$1,200

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clark

Camas

1/24/2013

Bret A. Simpson and his company Principle Metals LLC

Spilling oil and 40 days of ongoing environmental harm from continuing oil leaks to the Columbia River from the 431-foot derelict barge Davy Crockett during an illegal in-water scrapping operation. News release

$405,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clallam

Sequim

1/11/2013

Delhur Industries – Angeles Concrete Products

This fine is for discharging to groundwater without a permit. The company failed to apply for a permit after taking over this concrete batch plant in October 2012.

$1,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clallam

Port Angeles

3/21/2013

Black Diamond Quarry

This penalty is for the unauthorized discharge of muddy, silt-laden water to Tumwater Creek, a fish bearing stream; having an inadequate stormwater pollution prevention plan and an inadequately sized on-site pond for containing runoff; and for failure to monitor stormwater discharges.

$3,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Cowlitz

Longview

3/4/2013

Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging

The company exceeded the amount of oxygen-depleting material allowed in wastewater discharges under its wastewater permit.

$2,500

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Franklin

Othello

3/12/2013

JDC Michel Farms, Inc., Michel LLC

Burned 10 acres of wheat stubble without an agricultural burn permit. The burn also caused a wildfire on adjacent property. The local fire department responded to extinguish the fire.

$5,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

Grant

Royal City

1/23/2013

B & G Farms - Smyrna Bench

Violated Washington's water quality laws by not preventing extreme erosion on farm land known as Smyrna Bench. Soil from the land smothered fish habitat and polluted Lower Crab Creek with mud.

News release

$20,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

 

Jefferson

Port Ludlow

1/10/2103

Mason Quarry Inc. (Shine Quarry)

The company repeatedly discharged muddy, silt-laden water to a ditch that flows into Shine Creek. Under the company’s permit, discharges to the ground are authorized, but discharges to surface water, such as a creek, are not.

$2,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

King

Seattle

1/10/2013

Seattle Iron Metals Corp.

Released scrap metal materials into the Duwamish Waterway during barge loading and unloading. 

$5,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Seattle

1/24/2013

Independent Metals Co.

Failed to report an oil spill from machinery during unloading from a barge on the Duwamish Waterway; used detergent to scrub the dock and rinsed oil into the river.   News release  

$5,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Seattle

1/24/2013

SSA Marine

Failed to promptly report and respond to an oil leak from a container during vessel unloading at Terminal 18, resulting in approximately 200 gallons entering the East Waterway.

$3,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Des Moines

3/18/2013

Leonel Arce-Hernandez

A motor vehicle driven by the respondent left a road at Salt Water State Park, entered McSorley Creek and spilled motor oil into the waterway.

$1,600

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

2/1/2013

Phoenix Processor LP

The fishing vessel Excellence spilled 177 gallons of diesel fuel to Elliott Bay on May 9, 2011while while receiving fuel from a barge. News release.

$12,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

3/25/2013

East West Seafoods

Fishing vessel Pacific Producer Vessel entered state waters without Washington State Oil Spill contingency Plan Coverage.  News release.

$12,654

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

3/13/2013

ConGlobal Industries

Failed to provide required treatment and violated pollution limits for water discharged into the Duwamish Waterway.  News release.

$35,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Okanogan

Omak

1/31/2013

Omak Fish & Game Club Inc. 

Burned illegal materials, including plastic and garbage in an outdoor fire on March 21, 2012.

$1,127

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 - 575-2610

 

Pierce

Tacoma

1/3/2013

Simpson Tacoma Kraft Pulp Mill

The company exceeded the amount of oxygen-depleting material allowed in wastewater discharges under its wastewater permit.

$6,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Pierce

Tacoma

3/6/2013

Performance Radiator

Ecology fined Performance Radiator for not following standards for dangerous waste tanks, and for failing to clean up previous spills of dangerous waste. Ecology levied the penalty after numerous attempts to get the business to comply with standards to prevent releases of dangerous waste.

News Release

$40,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Walla Walla

Walla Walla

2/22/2013

Cliffstar Corp.

Violated water quality permit limits for pH, causing chemical imbalance in wastewater sent to the Walla Walla wastewater treatment plan. The company also failed to submit the required engineering report.

$3,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

 

Whatcom

Blaine

1/10/2013

Doug Connelly (Hughes Ave. commercial site)

Failure to implement and maintain best management practices according to permit.

$2,000

Dustin Terpening, (360) 715-5205

Whatcom

Ferndale

1/24/2013

Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery

Spilled one gallon of crude oil to Georgia Strait from a terminal pipeline.

$1,600

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

Whatcom

Deming

3/25/2013

Dale Marr, Marr Mink Farm

Ecology is taking this formal enforcement action in the form of a Notice of Penalty for ongoing manure-contaminated discharges above water quality standards for fecal coliform bacteria into highly sensitive, salmon-bearing state waters from this mink-rearing operation.

News release

$48,000

Dustin Terpening, (360) 715-5205

Yakima

Yakima

2/08/2013

General Transport of Grandview

Delivered petroleum to Sunshine Mart, a facility that didn’t display a compliance tag showing it was in compliance with underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

$1,500

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 - 575-2610

 

Yakima

Yakima

3/12/2013

Michelsens Packaging Yakima Facility

Discharged industrial stormwater to the Yakima City storm system without a permit and failed to submit necessary permit application by the due date.

$2,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 - 575-2610

 


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