Department of Ecology News Release - January 21, 2015

Ecology and Everett aircraft supplier settle $28,000 penalty
has corrected all hazardous waste violations

EVERETT – An Everett aerospace electronic systems company will pay $6,000 to the Department of Ecology under an agreement to settle an appeal of a larger penalty.

Ecology fined AvtechTyee $28,000 in January 2014 for unsafe handling and disposal of dangerous waste.

In a recently approved settlement agreement, AvtechTyee agrees to the reduced penalty. Ecology will suspend $22,000, provided that the facility remains in compliance with state dangerous waste requirements for the next two years. The company also agrees to hire and train an environmental coordinator and support staff. Automatic fines of up to $7,000 per occurrence may occur for repeat violations.

“This settlement benefits Washington’s overall environment,” said K Seiler, who manages Ecology’s hazardous waste and toxics reduction program. “We appreciate the commitment AvtechTyee is making to practices that safeguard the safety and health of its employees and the public, and that protect the environment.”

The company has corrected all violations cited in the original penalty. These included:

“AvtechTyee is committed to the safe handling and disposal of all materials,” said Herb Mardany, president of AvtechTyee. “Over this last year, AvtechTyee has diligently worked to improve our training and internal procedures. It is our intent and practice to remain in full compliance with environmental regulations at all times.”

The penalty and settlement are part of Ecology’s broader efforts to reduce and prevent toxic threats to the environment.

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Contact:

Larry Altose, Ecology communications, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7009, @ecySeattle

Aurana Lewis, Ecology hazardous waste compliance, Aurana.lewis@ecy.wa.gov, 425-649-7065

Herb Mardany, AvtechTyee President, hmardany@avtechtyee.com, 425-249-4612