Department of Ecology News Release - September 8, 2015

Environmental penalties for second quarter 2015

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $234,650.95 in penalties of $1,000 or more April through June 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.

Penalties for April - June 2015

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Adams Ritzville 4/27/15 Louis Allert Burned approximately 100 acres of Conservation Reserve Program fields to convert into agricultural crop without a permit on Feb. 17, 2015, a no-burn day. $3,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Chelan 4/21/15 General Transport Delivered fuel to underground storage tanks at a facililty without a displayed facility compliance tag. $2,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610  
Clallam Port Angeles 5/26/15 Alpine Auto, Inc. Numerous violations of the Industrial Stormwater General Permit. $2,500 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Douglas Palisades 4/30/15 Jon L. Penfold Burned prohibited materials on Dec. 11, 2014, including asphalt roof shingles, tar paper and vinyl siding. Also left the fire unattended, allowing toxic smoke to impact an elementary school nearby. News release. $14,650.95 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
King Auburn 4/1/15 IPI, LLC An IPI commercial truck spilled 100 gal. of diesel fuel to Mill Creek in a road accident on West Valley Hwy at S. 278th St. on June 2, 2014. Also assessed $800 for state response costs and $2,770 for natural resource damages. $2,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 4/14/15 Samson Tug & Barge Allowed stormwater with excessive levels of oil and silt to discharge to the North Fork of Hamm Creek, a Duwamish Waterway tributary. Under appeal. News release. $14,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Woodinville 5/26/15 Stan Palmer Construction, Bremerton Failed to conduct stormwater inspections and monitoring May-Dec., 2014 for work on the Woodinville-Duvall Road widening project. Settled on appeal of original $9,500 penalty. $3,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Klickitat 4/13/15 Kerr Contractors, Inc. Operated mobile asphalt plant without emission protections in place, violating permit conditions. News release. $25,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Lewis Winlock 5/5/15 Lewis County Forest Products Numerous violations of the Industrial Stormwater General Permit. $2,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Lewis Morton 6/1/15 Stericycle Repeated violations of federal waste regulations. News Release. Penalty appealed. $72,000 Andrew Wineke,
360-407-6149
Lincoln Davenport 4/27/15 Ray Carter Burned prohibited materials including tire rims, a box spring and various garbage outdoors on Dec. 30, 2015. Orignially fined $2,500, then reached a settlement agreement for a reduced penalty. $1,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce Tacoma 4/1/15 Emerald Services, Inc. Dangerous eruption of hot petroleum material, and a second spill a few months later. News Release. Penalty appealed. $68,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Pierce Tacoma 4/1/15 Pacific Northwest Terminals, Inc. Prohibited discharge of process wastewater. Other permit violations contributed to the release of pollutants. $2,000 Chase Gallagher,
360-407-6239
Snohomish Everett 5/28/15 CEMEX Construction Materials Pacific LLC Allowed concrete wash water and muddy water to flow off its property into Everett’s stormwater system, which empties to a creek. Penalty paid. News release. $21,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Yakima Selah 5/22/15 Fremont Heights A lack of erosion and sediment controls allowed rain to cause a discharge of sediment from the Fremont Heights construction site on 5/21/15. $1,500 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
       

 

Total
$234,650.95