Department of Ecology News Release - February 17, 2017

Environmental penalties for fourth quarter 2016

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $380,900 in penalties of $1,000 or more October through December in 2016. A detailed list of the violations and resulting penalties is available online.

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 land, air or waters, Ecology enforces state and federal regulations in hopes of changing behavior and deterring future violations.

Penalties for October - December 2016

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Benton Richland 11/1/16 PermaFix Nortwest Agreed to pay reduced fine for improperly handling mixed dangerous and radioactive waste. The company treats, stores and disposes of various types of dangerous waste at its north Richland plant. It handles waste from a number of sites, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Penalty paid. News Release $36,400 Randy Bradbury,
509-372-7954
Clark Vancouver 11/1/16 East Fisher Quarry Failed to maintain and implement best management practices to prevent stormwater runoff as outlined in permit and failed to modifying Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan as required. $1,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Franklin Pasco 11/3/16 Freeze Pack, LLC Violated permit by releasing too much air pollution including carbon monoxide from natural gas boilers. The company was also ordered to apply for the appropriate air permit. $7,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Grant Royal City 12/14/16 Washington Fruit and Produce Burned tree branches and roots without a permit and burned prohibited materials like metal, treated wood and plastic. News release $24,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Jefferson Port Townsend 11/8/16 Port Townsend Paper Violated wastewater discharge permit limits for biochemical oxygen demand and suspended solids in multiple effluent releases, due to problems with treatment facility operations. Penalty paid. $4,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
King Seattle 11/22/16 King County Wastewater Treatment Division Allowed discharges into Elliott Bay from the Denny/Elliott West combined sewer overflow treatment plant that violated acidity limits in Feb. and Dec. 2015. Penalty paid. $4,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King White Center 10/24/16 La Mexicana, Inc. Spilled 175 gallons of vegetable oil on Oct. 30, 2015, to a stormwater retention pond via storm drains. Did not report the incident. Reimbursed $333,729 in state cleanup costs, including treatment of over 80 oiled waterfowl. Assessed $4,813.83 for damage to public and natural resources. News release $2,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Newcastle 11/21/16 Avalon Bay Communities, Bellevue Discharged muddy water and failed to prevent muddy discharges into a tributary of Coal Creek from the Avalon Newcastle construction site. Penalty paid. $4,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Pacific Ilwaco 10/13/16 HD Fisheries, LLC The 78-foot fishing vessel Titan grounded with approximately 4,600 gallons of oil and fuel on board and sank near Ilwaco on the Washington side of the Columbia River on Dec. 5, 2014. HD Fisheries LLC was fined for spilling unrecoverable oil to the river. Under appeal. News release $10,500 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Fort Lewis 11/18/16 US Army Fort Lewis Failed to comply with leak detectioin requirements on regulated underground fuel storage tank and operated without proper endorsement on business license. Penalty paid. $1,200 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Fort Lewis 11/18/16 US Army Fort Lewis Failed to comply with leak detectioin requirements on regulated underground fuel storage tank and operated without proper endorsement on business license. Penalty paid. $1,200 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Fort Lewis 11/18/16 US Army Fort Lewis Failed to comply with leak detectioin requirements on regulated underground fuel storage tank and operated without proper endorsement on business license. Penalty paid. $1,200 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Fort Lewis 11/18/16 US Army Fort Lewis Failed to comply with leak detectioin requirements on regulated underground fuel storage tank and operated without proper endorsement on business license. Penalty paid. $1,300 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Tacoma 10/20/16 Atkinson Construction Allowed muddy construction stormwater to discharge on three occasions to Commencement Bay from a construction site near Point Defiance. Received technical assistance to prevent further stormwater management violations. Penalty paid. $1,500 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Gig Harbor 12/15/16 Olympic Town Center Jody Miller Construction Failed to implement and maintain stormwater best management practices as required under Construction Stormwater General Permit. Penalty paid. $2,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Pierce Gig Harbor 12/15/16 Michael Johnson Failed to obtain construction stormwater permit. Violating water quality standards. Failed to maintain and implement best management practices per technical assistance provided by Ecology at a construction site where performing fill and grade activities. Under appeal. $2,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Snohomish Marysville 11/29/16 Quil Ceda Tanning Co. Improperly managed and illegally stored dangerous waste. News release. Under appeal. $120,000 Andrew Wineke,
360-407-6149
Thurston Tumwater 12/9/16 High Definition Homes Spilled 30-40 gallons of hydraulic fluid at the construction site, reported on Nov. 16, 2016, by the city of Tumwater. On Dec. 5, 2016, there was still hydraulic fluid weeping out of the asphalt and no protection from discharging to catch basins and into wet and dry ponds. Dry pond is unlined and infiltrates to groundwater. Penalty paid. $1,500 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Thurston Lacey 10/17/16 Pease and Sons, Inc. While installing a new heating and cooling system, coolant leaked and entered a stormwater pond at the Washington state Department of Ecology building. Penalty paid. $1,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Thurston Lacey 10/17/16 McKinstry While installing a new heating and cooling system, coolant leaked and entered a stormwater pond at the Washington State Department of Ecology building. Penalty paid. $1,000 Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239
Walla Walla Burbank 11/2/16 Simplot Western Stockmen's Violated air permit by not using pollution control equipment properly, which allowed too many small particles into the air. Penalty paid. News Release $10,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Whatcom Blaine 11/15/16 Natures Path Foods, USA, Inc. Discharged acidic wastewater to city’s sewer treatment system over a two-year period. News release. Under appeal. $22,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Whatcom Bellingham 11/29/16 Fishing Vessel Bergen, Inc. Fishing vessel Bergen spilled about 1,455 gallons of diesel fuel and lubricating and hydraulic oils after running aground in Bellingham Bay on March 10, 2016. Penalty paid. Invoiced $4,821.90 for state response cost reimbursement. $4,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Whatcom Bellingham 12/16/16 Gurjant "George" Sandhu Sandhu irrigated a 220-acre raspberry farm for at least two years without approved water rights for most of the property. A cease and desist order was issued, but ongoing illegal irrigation was documented by Ecology staff this past summer. Under appeal. News release $90,000 Kristin Johnson-Waggoner,
360-407-7139
Whatcom Bellingham 12/16/16 Gurjant "George" Sandhu Failed to submit accurate water use data at his 120-acre blueberry farm. Over the course of several irrigation seasons, he submitted calculations of water use, which Ecology staff found to be inaccurate and unreliable based on site visits. News release $12,000 Kristin Johnson-Waggoner,
360-407-7139

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