Department of Ecology News Release - May 18, 2015

Environmental penalties announced for first quarter 2015

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $198,160 in penalties of $1,000 or more Jan. through March in 2015.

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.

January - March 2015

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Adams Othello 1/29/15 Perfect Blend Organics Failed to comply with air quality requirements including releasing excess particle pollution. News Release. Penalty under appeal $32,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Asotin Clarkston 1/29/15 Poe Asphalt Paving Inc. Released excess particle pollution violating air quality requirements. Penalty paid. $4,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478  
Clallam Beaver 3/12/15 Lake Pleasant Grocery Failure to conduct yearly line leak detector tests. Failed to comply with multiple leak prevention and detection requirements for underground storage tanks. Penalty under appeal. $1,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Clark Washougal 1/13/15 Exterior Wood Inc Discharged stormwater with high copper levels on several occasions. $5,800 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Douglas Orondo 1/8/15 John Christner Trucking LLC, Salupa, Okla. Spilled up to 300 gallons of petroleum, including 75 gallons of diesel fuel to the Columbia River. Spill occurred when a tractor-trailer combination veered off US Highway 97 and drove into the Columbia River. $1,100 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
King Normandy Park 3/3/15 Southwest Suburban Sewer District The Miller Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant released 2.5 million gallons of non-disinfected water to Puget Sound on Oct. 19-20, 2014, due to a disinfection failure. Penalty paid. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Renton 1/15/15 Road Construction Northwest, Inc. Failed to install measures to control sediment runoff at a construction site. Penalty paid. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 1/12/15 Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC Fishing vessel Bristol Leader discharged 181 gallons of diesel fuel to Elliott Bay on Sept. 13, 2013. Penalty paid. News release. $11,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 2/11/15 Kathleen K Fisheries Fishing vessel Kathleen K discharged 409 gallons of diesel fuel to Salmon Bay on Oct. 14, 2013. Penalty paid. $3,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 3/13/15 Bill Soderberg The vessel Iver sank at its moorage and spilled 428 gallons of diesel fuel into the Lake Washington Ship Canal on Sept. 30, 2013. Vessel removed from the water for repairs. Penalty paid. Previously assessed $6,127 for damage to public natural resources. $1,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Pierce Sumner 2/6/15 Wastewater Treatment Sumner Multiple violations of the Construction Stormwater General Permit. Three inspections were conducted (Jan. 6, 20 and 28, 2015) and documented multiple permit violations. $1,500 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Pierce Sumner 2/12/15 Michelson Knapp Land Venture Multiple permit violations, operating without an active CSWGP, and violating Washington water quality standards. $2,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Pierce Tacoma 2/19/15 Nite & Day Grocery & Deli Mart Failed to protect steel tanks and piping from corrosion. Failed to comply with corrosion protection requirements. No WA State business license permits for three tanks. $1,400 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Pierce Tacoma 3/31/15 Emerald Services Inc In October 2013, an eruption spilled 1,900 gallons of recycled fuel oil/asphalt flux, a highly dangerous material, and injured a worker. Following that incident, a second spill occurred at the facility’s re-refinery in January 2014, spilling 150 gallons of the same material. News release. Penalty under appeal. $68,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Skagit Bow 3/12/15 Blau Oyster Co Repeatedly made late submittals of discharge monitoring reports (DMRs), and often sent only after reminder calls from Ecology. Penalty appealed. $1,500 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Snohomish Everett 1/14/15 Snohomish River Properties LLC Discharged muddy water into the Snohomish River, failed to conduct required inspections, allowed equipment to leak petroleum fluids onto bare ground. Penalty paid. $8,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Spokane Cheney 2/19/15 Mitchells IGA Failed to comply with leak detection requirements for underground storage tanks. Penalty paid. $1,200 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Spokane Spokane 1/12/15 Divine Fastmart, Divine Corporation Failed to comply with leak detection requirements and perform inspections for underground storage tanks. Penalty under appeal. $6,600 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Thurston Olympia 3/11/15 Ch2O Inc Failed to designate wastes, take appropriate mitigation and control actions after a spill or discharge, and to provide classroom training or on-the-job training. News release. $45,560 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
       

 

Total
$198,160