Department of Ecology News Release - August 22, 2016

Environmental penalties for second quarter 2016

Corrected 8/22/16 [3:00 PM]
This summary was corrected to reflect three additional penalties issued in the second quarter, changing the total to $272,530. The penalty listed for the Grays Harbor facility in Cosmopolis was also corrected to reflect the correct owner, Cosmo Specialty Fiber, Inc.

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $272,530 in penalties of $1,000 or more April through June in 2016. A detailed list of the violations and resulting penalties is available in the table below.

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 2016

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Chelan Wenatchee 6/24/16 NRC Environmental Services, Inc. and Northwest Wholesale, Inc. Mishandled and improperly stored hazardous waste. News release. $39,330 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Chelan Leavenworth 5/10/16 Hillside Excavating Violated water quality regulations by contracting a bulkhead without permits. News release. $20,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Clallam Port Angeles 05/26/16 Lincoln Industrial Corp. Failed to sample stormwater runoff under compliance agreement. $2,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Columbia Starbuck 06/17/16 Cheryl Fagalde Burned prohibited materials. $1,100 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Franklin Mesa 05/16/16 Nathaniel Koehn and Marvin Shollenberger Burned apple boxes and other prohibited materials. Penalty paid. $2,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Royal City 06/14/16 B&G Farms, Farrah Wardenar Burned prohibited materials including metal, plastic and lumber. Penalty appealed. $5,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Quincy 05/16/16 Larry Schaapman Burned prohibited materials including demolition debris. Penalty paid. $4,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Warden 05/16/16 John Mathews Burned prohibited materials. $1,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Royal City 05/17/16 Black Hawk Orchards Burned prohibited materials and left burn pile unattended. Penalty paid. $2,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Warden 05/17/16 Elfren Martinez Burned prohibited materials. Penalty paid. $1,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Quincy 06/14/16 Camilo Avalos Burned prohibited materials. Penalty appealed. $1,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Quincy 06/21/16 Halme Construction & Quincy Columbia Irrigation District. Burned prohibited materials. Penalty appealed. $2,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grays Harbor Cosmopolis 06/09/16 Cosmo Specialty Fiber, Inc. Discharged excessive levels of suspended solids and failed to meet oxygen demand in stormwater, violating water quality permit $7,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
King Seattle 06/28/16 Puget Sound Coatings Machinists, Inc. Violated dangerous waste laws including improper containment and labeling. News Release. Penalty to be paid over 2 years. $80,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 05/27/16 Brusco Tug and Barrge Tug Ocean Eagle spilled 20 gal. of diesel fuel into Lake Union while being loaded into a dry dock at Foss Maritime Shipyard on March 21, 2016. Failed to report the spill. Penalty paid. $1,100 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Kent 04/14/16 GrandView Apartments, LLC, Bellevue Allowed muddy stormwater discharges from a construction site at 3900 Veterans Drive by failing to take or maintain various required pollution control measures. Penalty paid. $7,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 04/20/16 Randy Corn, Camano Island 32-ft. recreational vessel Invincible released approx. 15 gal. of gasoline into Lake Washington after sinking at Spinnaker Bay Marina on Oct. 17, 2015. $1,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 5/10/2016 Seattle Tunnel Partners Discharged about 1,000 metric tons of clean soil, excavated for the Wash. Dept. of Transportation State Route 99 tunnel project, into Elliott Bay when a barge listed to one side on Jan. 12, 2016. Penalty paid. Also ordered to take various actions to ensure proper oversight of barge loading operations. $4,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Kitsap Port Orchard 05/27/16 Khalis Transport Inc., Surrey BC Spilled 50 gallons of diesel fuel to a wetland and Burley Creek on March 17, 2016, when a truck rolled down an embankment along State Route 16 at SE Mullenix Road. Failed to report the spill. $1,500 Larry Altose,
360-649-7009
Kitsap Port Orchard 04/25/16 Mike Paul Contsruction Failed to prevent muddy water from polluting nearby creeks and marine waters. News Release. Under appeal. $53,000 Larry Altose,
360-649-7009
Lewis Winlock 06/29/16 Winlock Wood Products, Olympic Trading Heated water mixed with food grade oil during a warehouse firefighting operation flowed into a catch basin and then a creek, killing fish. $1,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Sumner 5/25/16 Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc. Allowed 10,000 gallons of concentrated vinegar to spill into the White River this past March. News release. $10,000 Sandy Howard,
360-407-6408
Stevens Springdale 06/21/16 Mark Kestner Burned prohibited materials including parts of a mobile home. $2,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Whatcom Sumas 04/16/16 Sarabanand Farms, LLC. Allowed water contaminated with manure to discharge into local waterways that flow to British Columbia. News Release $20,000 Krista Kenner,
360-715-5205
Columbia River Mouth 04/04/16 Fishing Vessel  Four Forty LLC Fishing vessel sank and spilled 150 gallons of oil to the Columbia River at the mouth of the river. $2,500 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

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