Department of Ecology News Release - August 18, 2014

Settlement reduces well violations penalty
Seattle company to pay $12,000, train employees

SEATTLE – A Seattle construction company will pay a penalty of $12,000 for illegally decommissioning groundwater monitoring wells in Kent and Auburn, putting groundwater at risk of contamination from polluted  surface water runoff.

Scarsella Brothers Inc., will also require its employees to receive training on well construction laws under an agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology.

In December 2013, Ecology penalized Scarsella Brothers  a total of $36,000 for violating state well construction laws. Company personnel removed and filled in groundwater monitoring wells in Kent and Auburn.

Scarsella’s workers encountered the wells while doing excavation work for King County. Their decommissioning of the wells was improperly done and illegal because they are  not licensed as well drillers.

Scarsella appealed the penalty to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board but the company and Ecology agreed to resolve the appeal with a settlement agreement that provides:

Ecology encourages voluntary compliance with state water laws. When compliance is not obtained, the agency works to take consistent, fair and equitable enforcement actions.

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Contact:

Dan Partridge, Water Resources communications, 360-407-7139, @ecologyWA