Department of Ecology News Release - May 8, 2014


Environmental penalties for first quarter 2014

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $355,650 in penalties of $1,000 or more January through March 2014.

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.

January  - March  2014

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact


Richland 1/24/14 Hanford Site waste management facilities

Settled violations of state dangerous waste regulations at Hanford facilities that manage mixed hazardous and radioactive waste. News release.

$261,000 Dieter Bohrmann,
Clark Ridgefield 3/5/14 Clark County Excavating

Violated permit requirements on ongoing basis, including discharging muddy water to a tributary of Whipple Creek, failing to implement adequate best management practices to prevent discharge, not submitting required reports.

$2,000 Linda Kent,
Clark Vancouver 1/15/14 Electro Inc.

Did not meet storm-water permit requirements including monitoring and inspections, despite technical assistance. Did not submit required reports.

$2,000 Linda Kent,
Clark Vancouver 1/24/14 Platinum Energy Failed to report and investigate suspected petroleum product releases. Failed to report changes to underground storage tank system, monitor tanks, meet operator training requirements, and provide records during inspection. $1,900 Linda Kent,
Cowlitz Longview 3/24/14 Weyerhaeuser Co. Hog fuel boiler emissions exceeded opacity limits, meaning smoke density, according to monitoring reports. $2,500 Linda Kent,
Franklin Mesa 2/27/14 Great Basin Seed Co.

Burned materials including pallets, metals and other trash, which are prohibited.

$4,500 Brook Beeler,
Grays Harbor Hoquiam 3/19/14 Butchers Scrap Metal Inc.

Discharged oily and sediment-polluted water to Grays Harbor and failed to clean up an oil spill, did not use best management practices or monitor as required by permit.

$3,000 Linda Kent,
King Kent 3/28/14 Burlington Environmental

Failed to immediately report a spill of about 40 gallons of chromic acid on Nov. 13, 2013, as required in the facility’s dangerous waste permit.

$6,000 Larry Altose,
King Seattle 2/11/14 Dunlap Towing Co., Everett, Wash.

The tugboat Taurus spilled 24 gallons of diesel fuel to Elliott Bay while refueling at the north end of Harbor Island on May 9, 2013. News release.

$13,750 Larry Altose,
Kittitas Ellensburg 2/26/14 Loves Travel Stops & Country Stores

Failed to comply with reporting and overfill prevention requirements for underground fuel storage tanks.

$1,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
Pacific Columbia River 3/31/14 Marcus Scott Baker

Released oil to Fisher Island Slough and the Columbia River when the vessel Granby sank at its berth in Longview.

$1,000 Linda Kent,
Pierce Gig Harbor 2/26/14 Richard Mercer

Failed to notify Ecology or participate in cleanup when Mercer’s vessel sank in its slip at Gig Harbor Marina and began leaking gasoline.

$1,000 Linda Kent,
Pierce Puyallup 3/5/14 Miles Sand and Gravel Co.

Failed to maintain and implement best management plans required by the sand and gravel general permit.

$1,500 Linda Kent,
Pierce Tacoma 2/27/14 Burlington Environmental LLC

Did not take precautions to prevent accidental ignition of flammable waste, resulting in a fire. Low-lying vapor for ethyl ether containers was ignited by an idling forklift motor.

$9,000 Linda Kent,
Pierce Tacoma 1/10/14 Quadrant Homes

Did not meet construction general stormwater permit requirements, including using best management practices, despite technical assistance.  This site is within the Tacoma Smelter Plume and is under a voluntary clean up action plan.

$2,000 Linda Kent,
Skagit Mount Vernon 1/21/14 Paul Hagman

Failed to stabilize a bare-earth slope to prevent muddy runoff at the Hagman Short Card construction project and to submit monthly water quality monitoring reports, as directed following an Oct. 2013 inspection.

$1,500 Larry Altose,
Snohomish Everett 1/27/14 AvtechTyee

Failed to safely manage and dispose of dangerous wastes. News release

$28,000 Larry Altose,
Yakima Sunnyside 2/24/14 Johnson Foods Blaine Ave.

Vegetable food processing company was cited for violations from March 2013 to November 2013, including not meeting pH limits and for not reporting its violations within 24 hours. The company also didn’t submit timely discharge monitoring reports as required to show its compliance record. News release.

$14,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,