Department of Ecology News Release - February 14, 2014

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Environmental penalties for 4th quarter 2013 announced

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued $315,393 in penalties of $1,000 or more October through December of 2013.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state 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 settlement or court rulings. Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.

Ecology strives to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and promote wise management for current and future generations. When someone pollutes Washington’s air, land or waters, Ecology enforces state and federal regulations in hopes of changing behavior and deterring future violations.

October  - December  2013

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact

Asotin

 
Clarkston 11/12/13 L.C. Dent and Detail Failed to pay annual air quality registration program annual fee for multiple years. $2,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Chelan Wenatchee 12/13/13 Wenatchee Rock Products Rocky Reach Failed to submit discharge monitoring reports on time for 30 months from July 2011 to October 2013, as required under the Sand and Gravel General permit. The penalty has been paid. $3,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Chelan Cashmere 11/25/13 Quail Lane Home Condos; George Valison Excavated in Mission Creek in violation of clean water regulations. See News Release. $20,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Chelan Cashmere 11/25/13 David G. Baker, Baker Construction and Excavating LLC Excavated in Mission Creek in violation of clean water regulations. See News Release. $20,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Clark Ridgefield 11/25/13 Robertson & Olson Construction Discharged turbid water to an unnamed tributary at Diamond Meadows Subdivision Ridgefield construction site in violation of clean water laws and did not have best management practices in place as required under the construction stormwater general permit. $2,000 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830
Franklin Pasco 11/12/13 Ainsworth Collision Center Inc. Failed to pay annual air quality minor source registration program fee. $1,350 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Franklin Pasco 12/31/13 Barajas Auto Body Failed to pay annual air quality minor source registration program fee. $1,350 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Royal City 11/20/13 Farrah Wardenaar Illegally irrigated crops outside the authorized place of use outlined in her water use permit. See News Release. $59,443 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
King Renton 11/22/13 DR Horton; Construction contractor Discharged muddy/turbid water to Renton Municipal Separate Storm Sewer from Wembley Park Division 1-3 construction site, violating conditions of Construction Stormwater General Permit, including not sampling, monitoring or reporting discharges. Penalty has been paid. $1,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Kent 12/27/13 Scarsella Brothers Inc. Directed an unlicensed person to remove six resource protection wells discovered in the excavation path of the King County Wastewater Treatment piping project in Kent. Also did not submit notification as required before work conducted. $36,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Renton 10/7/13 AIM Aerospace Inc. Disposed liquid paint waste to trash, failed to label containers of dangerous waste and failed to assure containers of dangerous waste were closed. Identified during inspections conducted Sept. 12, 2012, and Feb. 12, 2013. See News Release. Settlement of $24,000 paid. $36,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Pierce Tacoma 12/21/13 Gill Jasvir Singh Failed to obtain permits, pollution liability insurance, conduct tank release detection and conduct a site assessment at Main Street Grocery fuel pumps. $1,300 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830
Pierce Gig Harbor 12/10/13 Olympia Property Group Failed to implement conditions of Construction Stormwater General Permit at multiple projects at Harbor Hill Development, including failing to use best management practices to prevent stormwater runoff at the construction sites.   $2,000 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830
Pierce Steilacoom 10/2/13 KLB Construction Failed to maintain and implement measures to prevent turbid discharges as required under the Construction Stormwater General Permit at Joey Hollow residential subdivision. $2,000 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830
Pierce Tacoma 10/1/13 Simpson Tacoma Kraft LLC Released sulfur dioxide emissions greater than allowed at Lime Kiln #2 on June 26, 2013, at Simpson Tacoma Kraft packaging paper company. $2,000 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830
Skagit Anacortes 12/10/13 Western Flyer, Gerri Kehoe, owner; Salinas, CA Released fuel into Swinomish Channel on two occasions: On Sept. 24, 2012, the Western Flyer sank at dock releasing 20 gallons of diesel fuel from the vessel’s day tank. The vessel was raised but not removed from the water. The vessel sank again on Jan. 14, 2013. A petroleum sheen was observed coming from the vessel over the next several months. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Snohomish Everett 10/24/13 Blue Streak Finishers Ltd. Failed to identify, safely manage and dispose of dangerous waste at metal finisher plant. See News Release. $60,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Spokane Spokane 10/14/13 NA Degerstrom Inc. Improperly disposed a variety of chemicals in waste pools on company property, some requiring special handling under state law. The company entered into an expedited settlement agreement to reduce the penalty from $60,000 to $40,000. See News Release. $60,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Stevens Colville 11/12/13 Caseys Autofab & Restoration Failed to pay annual air quality minor source registration program fee for multiple years. $2,550 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Walla Walla College Place 12/31/13 Electrocoat Failed to pay annual air quality minor source registration program fee. $1,350 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

July  - September  2013 penalties missed in 3rd quarter report

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
King Seattle 9/23/13 Martin Selig
Real Estate
Failed to comply with underground fuel storage tank regulations, including training, signage, leak detection testing and management. Field ticket has been paid $1,300 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Pierce Tacoma 9/18/13 General Plastics Manufacturing Co. Containers of dangerous waste were not labeled properly, were not kept closed and the facility failed to designate a waste stream. Expedited settlement amount $9,240 paid. $14,000 Linda Kent,
360-791-9830