Department of Ecology News Release - August 8, 2014

This news release was updated, correcting the total penalty amount in the narrative.

Environmental penalties for second quarter 2014

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $417,624 in penalties of $1,000 or more April through June 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.

April - June 2014

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Clark Ridgefield 4/14/14 Holmstrom Grading Allowed significant muddy water runoff from a construction site on Pioneer St. by failing to maintain and install practices that prevent stormwater pollution as required in the Construction Stormwater General Permit. Failed to perform required inspections and monitoring to submit associated reports. Penalty paid. $2,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Clark Vancouver 5/21/14 Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. A Dec. 13, 2013, tank truck accident caused the attached trailer to roll onto its side, releasing 3,400 gallons of gasoline into a roadside ditch. Penalty appealed and settled. $2,500 adjusted penalty paid. $4,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Franklin Connell 6/17/14 ConAgra Foods Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire, including demolition debris. Penalty paid. $4,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Soap Lake 6/2/14 Jack Patrick Burned slash piles without a permit and on a "non burn" day. Penalty paid. $2,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Island   5/5/14 Rory Westmoreland Derelict vessel Deep Sea released 5,555 gallons of oil May 12 through June 3, 2012, when it burned and sank at its mooring in Penn Cove. News release. Penalty appealed. $301,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Jefferson Port Ludlow 6/18/14 Shine Quarry Discharged muddy water that impacted wetlands, properties and roads. News release. Penalty appealed. $20,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
King Federal Way 6/26/14 Federal Way Towing Operated a vehicle and metal recycling business without a water quality permit that discharged to West Hylebos Creek. Penalty unpaid. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Kent 5/13/14 Pozzi Bros. Transportation Corp. Failed to submit 15 quarterly discharge monitoring reports, 2010 through 2014, as required under the Industrial Stormwater General Permit. Penalty paid. $9,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Snoqualmie 5/20/14 City of Snoqualmie Failed to properly prepare for and respond to a wastewater treatment plant power outage, Nov. 15-17, 2013. News release. Penalty under appeal. $32,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Woodinville 5/23/14 Cashmere Molding, Inc. Discharged manufacturing process wastewater to the ground without a water quality permit on Nov. 5, 2013. Penalty paid. See next item. $3,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Woodinville 6/20/14 Cashmere Molding, Inc. Failed to designate and properly handle manufacturing process wastewater as hazardous waste on Nov. 5, 2013; $3,340 paid under joint settlement; facility now in compliance. See item above. $5,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Kittitas Hyak 5/21/14 Washington Dept. of Transportation Made un-authorized discharges of grout to Lake Keechelus during permitted in-water work for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project. Penalty paid. $2,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Okanogan Omak 6/20/14 Richard Dykes Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire, including a mattress and other furniture, prompting a smoke nuisance complaint. Penalty paid. $2,100 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Okanogan Oroville 5/16/14 Crystal Johnson Caused or allowed the burning of prohibited materials in an outdoor fire including household garbage, mattresses, automotive parts, plastic items. Failed to fully extinguish the fire before leaving it. Penalty unpaid. $1,424 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce Puyallup 5/15/14 Miles Sand & Gravel; Canyon Resources Discharged muddy water into Canyon Road Creek, a tributary of Clear Creek. Penalty paid. $1,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce Spanaway 5/28/14 Pacific Market & Deli Failed to monitor and maintain reports for leak prevention and detection of temporarily closed underground fuel storage tanks. Penalty unpaid. $1,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce Steilacoom 4/10/14 Sunset Estates; Tapani Underground, Inc. Failed to maintain and install practices that prevent stormwater pollution as outlined in the Construction Stormwater General Permit at the Sequalish Street Reconstruction Project between Main St. and Union Ave. Penalty paid. $2,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Snohomish Lake Stevens 6/2/14 David and Ann Perrigoue Failed to comply with Ecology’s order that accepted a plan to offset unauthorized filling of 3.67 acres of wetland by purchasing corresponding wetland mitigation bank credits. Penalty under appeal. $3,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Walla Walla Wallula 6/8/14 Boise Fiber Farm Burned stumps and agricultural waste that was not dry, causing smoke on non-burn days, prompting complaints from neighbors. Penalty paid. $9,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Whatcom Point Roberts 6/5/14 Steven Christensen Fishing vessel Sea Breaker discharged 776 gallons of diesel, lube and hydraulic oil after sinking off Point Roberts in the Strait of Georgia on Sept. 5, 2013. Penalty unpaid. Also, charged $1,682.82 for state spill response costs. Previously paid $29,007.75 assessment for damage to natural resources. $2,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205  
Whatcom Sumas 4/18/14 Pacific Pumping While decommissioning a manure lagoon at 4625 Rock Road, applied between 2-6 inches of manure onto a nearby field directly before forecasted rain during the week of Sep. 9, 2013. This resulted in runoff and high fecal coliform bacteria levels in a tributary to Saar Creek and the Sumas River. Penalty paid. See next item. $4,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Whatcom Sumas 4/18/14 Sarabanand Farms LLC Hired a contractor to decommission a manure lagoon by spreading the manure onto a nearby field. Applied 2-6 inches of manure directly before forecasted rain during the week of Sep. 9, 2013, causing runoff and high fecal coliform bacteria levels in a tributary to Saar Creek and the Sumas River. Penalty paid. See previous item. $4,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Yakima Yakima 6/11/14 Meadowbrook Convenience Center Failed to report, monitor, and maintain temporarily closed underground fuel storage tanks. Penalty paid. $1,600 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
       

 

Total
$417,624