Department of Ecology News Release - February 17, 2015

Environmental penalties announced for 4th quarter 2014

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $113,280 in penalties of $1,000 or more for October through December of 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.

October - December 2014

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Clallam Port Angeles 10/6/14 Bruch & Bruch Construction Operated a quarry without a sand and gravel general permit. $1,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Clark Camas 12/03/14 Andrew Colburn Spilled fuel to a storm drain that led to Fishers Creek when fuel tanks ruptured during a truck collision on N.W. Pacific Rim Boulevard and S.E. Payne Road on Feb. 13, 2014. $2,500 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Clark Vancouver 10/1/14 Tapani Underground Inc. Heavy equipment contractor cited for failing to adequately protect water quality under conditions of construction stormwater general permit at Phase 1 AMK Subdivision. $2,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Grant Moses Lake 12/4/14 Larry Tormozov Burned prohibited materials inside an urban growth area, including garbage, metals and plastic. $1,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
King Redmond 8/18/14 Dunkin & Bush Inc., Kirkland, WA Painting contractor fined for violations of dangerous waste management regulations at Redmond shop. Penalty settled under expedited enforcement action, reduced from $71,000 to $47,330. The penalty has been paid. News release. $47,330 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 10/1/14 Seattle Iron Metals Corp. Violated water quality discharge limits for PCBs and other pollutants to the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. Penalty is under appeal. News release. $18,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 11/24/14 O’Hara Corp. A fuel tank on the Vessel Constellation was overfilled, spilling 15 gallons of diesel fuel to Salmon Bay on Jan. 2, 2014. Penalty has been paid. $1,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Klickitat White Salmon 12/11/14 Klickitat County Public Works Failed to prevent discharge of sediment from Bristol Tunnel and Courtney Road construction site to Catherine Creek. Failed to install and maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $10,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Pacific Raymond 11/24/14 Pacific Gro LLC Discharged contaminated stormwater to the Willapa River. Failed to install and maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion. $2,500 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Pend Oreille Newport 12/4/14 Jacob Utter Burned prohibited materials including trash, metals, cardboard and plastic. $2,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce Sumner 11/14/14 Western Wood Preserving Co. Continued wood treatment operation without required annual certification of processes. Failed to designate four waste streams. Penalty settled under expedited enforcement action, reduced from $10,000 to $6,700. The penalty has been paid. $6,700 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Pierce Tacoma 11/6/14 Nite & Day Grocery and Deli Mart Failed to comply with multiple leak prevention and detection requirements for underground fuel storage tanks. $1,400 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Pierce Tacoma 11/12/14 Burlington Environmental LLC Tacoma Failed to follow hazardous waste permit requirements for analyzing waste that is treated on site. News Release. $14,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
San Juan Friday Harbor 11/24/14 Ocean Alexander Marine Yacht Sales An unnamed motor yacht caught fire and sank releasing an estimated 752 gallons of petroleum product to Roche Harbor on July 10, 2013. $2,750 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Spokane Cheney 10/8/14 Bruce Schwan Applied herbicide intended to manage aquatic plants without a permit in Badger Lake on April 6, 2014. Penalty has been paid. $8,100 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Thurston Lacey 10/29/14 Active Construction Inc. Failed to comply with permit conditions and maintain best practices for preventing stormwater runoff and erosion at Chambers Lake construction site. $1,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
       

 

Total
$113,280