Department of Ecology News Release - November 5, 2014

Environmental penalties for third quarter 2014

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $564,465 in penalties of $1,000 or more July through September 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.

July - September 2014

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Adams Othello 7/14/14 Jeff Schmidt Field burning during unauthorized hours of the day and without an agricultural burn permit. Penalty paid. $3,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Chelan Malaga 8/18/14 Alcoa Inc., Wenatchee Works Released more aluminum than allowed in wastewater permit. Penalty paid. $6,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Clallam   7/2/14 Five Ocean Seafoods Inc., Pacific Ocean The fishing vessel Fjord Mist sank with 140 gallons of diesel fuel and 10 gallons of lube oil, which spilled to the Pacific Ocean. None of the diesel or lube oil was recovered. $1,600 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Clallam Port Angeles 8/6/14 Port Angeles Gull Fuel Station Failed to gain operator certifications and report suspected release of fuel to ground. $1,000 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Clallam Port Angeles 8/6/14 Lincoln Industrial Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Cowlitz Kalama 8/6/14 Kemira Logistics Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Grant Moses Lake 6/16/14 SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC Failed to apply for a required air quality permit prior to beginning construction. Entered into a settlement agreement that allows construction while appropriate permit is acquired. Penalty paid. $9,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Moses Lake 8/19/14 SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC In 2012 and 2013, SGL violated permit requirements when equipment failed on two manufacturing lines, and an unpermitted bypass vent was used to release uncontrolled emissions into the air. News release on settlement agreement. $125,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grays Harbor Cosmopolis 9/9/14 Cosmo Specialty Fibers Violated permit limits when the facility’s wastewater failed to meet oxygen demand before being discharged into the stormwater system. $1,000 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Grays Harbor McCleary 8/6/14 Simpson Door Co. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Grays Harbor Montesano 8/6/14 Ikan Auto Wrecking Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
King Kent 8/25/14 City of Kent Failed to comply with multiple leak prevention and detection requirements for underground storage tanks at the 24611 116th Ave SE facility. Penalty paid. $1,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Kent 8/25/14 City of Kent Failed to comply with multiple leak prevention and detection requirements for underground storage tanks at the City of Kent Shops. Penalty paid. $1,200 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 9/23/14 Hoffman Construction Company Failed to provide cover and containment for petroleum product storage at the Sound Transit University of Washington Stadium Station construction project. Penalty paid. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Auburn 8/6/14 Western Coating Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
King Auburn 8/6/14 Miller Fabrication Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
King SeaTac 8/6/14 Monroe Machined Products Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
King Seattle 8/6/14 North Star Casteel Products Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
King  Seattle 9/12/14 Ace Galvanizing Inc. Failed to properly label, date and close dangerous waste containers. News release. $24,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 7/29/14 Seattle Barrel Co. Discharged highly caustic material into the sewer and other hazardous waste violations. News release. Violations corrected. Penalty appealed. $80,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Klickitat Dallesport 9/22/14 Dennis and Robert Eiesland, Circle T Ranch, Inc. Burned prohibited materials in a large unattended fire, including tires, plastic, household garbage, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and demolition debris. News release. $10,165 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Pierce Gig Harbor 9/10/14 Bellesara, Rush Companies Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News release. $2,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Pierce Sumner 9/11/14 Fleischmann's Vinegar Released approximately 2,000 gallons of concentrated vinegar to ground and two stormwater ponds. News release. $23,000 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
San Juan Friday Harbor 7/7/14 David Honeywell Illegally cleared sensitive shoreline without shoreline and stormwater permits. Penalty under appeal. News release. $79,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Skagit Burlington 8/6/14 Tri-County Truss Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Skagit Anacortes 7/24/14 American Gold Seafoods, Clam Digger Fishing boat Clam Digger sank and spilled 315 gallons of oil. Penalty under appeal. News release. $112,500 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Stevens Deer Park 9/25/14 David Hunter Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire including mobile home, car and other debris. $4,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Thurston Olympia 9/24/14 Village at Capital Heights, Commercial Property Services Operated without a permit and violated water quality standards. Failed to apply best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $2,500 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Thurston Olympia 7/7/14 Copper Trail Apartments, Inland Group Failed to install and maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $1,500 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Thurston Olympia 8/11/14 Boulevard Road & 22nd Ave Roundabout, Eddie Peffly Failed to maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $2,000 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Thurston Olympia 9/23/14 Copper Trail Apartments, Inland Group Failed to install and maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $2,000 Melissa Rohlfs,
360-407-6239
Walla Walla Walla Walla 7/2/14 Cliffstar Corporation Violated permit limits and reporting requirements when the facility released acidic wastewater into the Walla Walla sewer system for three days without notifying the local treatment plant. Penalty paid. $4,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Walla Walla Wallula 7/21/14 Simplot Feeders Violated air quality rules during hay grinding that released excess dust into the air. News release. $24,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Whatcom Bellingham 8/6/14 Hunnicutts Inc Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Whatcom Sumas 8/6/14 Elenbass Co. Inc. Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Yakima Grandview 8/6/14 Powell Christensen Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Yakima Sunnyside 8/6/14 JM Eagle Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Yakima Yakima 8/6/14 CubCrafters Failed to submit stormwater monitoring reports. News Release. $3,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Yakima Sunnyside 8/13/14 Park N Pack Failed to maintain leak detection requirements for underground fuel storage tanks. $1,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
       

 

Total
$564,465