Department of Ecology News Release - August 1, 2017

Facility in Kenmore fined for dangerous waste violations

KENMORE – An aircraft maintenance facility on Kenmore’s Lake Washington waterfront faces a $25,000 state environmental penalty for dangerous waste violations.

The Washington Department of Ecology issued the fine to Kenmore Air Harbor, 6321 NE 175th St., after observing repeated violations in regular inspections since 2009. The most recent violations were found during an inspection on Aug. 17, 2016.

The company maintains float planes at the facility.

“With Kenmore Air’s location right on the lake there’s very little room for error in managing dangerous wastes,” said Darin Rice, manager of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program. “They’ve cooperated and made corrections after past inspections, but four of those violations have re-appeared at least twice in subsequent inspections.”

Ecology is fining the company for failing to determine whether its wastes should be designated as dangerous waste, properly label and close all its dangerous waste containers, and keep required records of dangerous waste shipments.

Washington’s dangerous waste law and regulations set standards to protect the public and the environment by preventing releases of potentially harmful waste materials at commercial and industrial facilities. Ecology inspects workplaces that generate dangerous wastes to ensure compliance with requirements for safe handling and storage.

“We immediately responded to Ecology’s August 2016 inspection report with changes to procedures and training that we believe will keep our Air Harbor facility in compliance,” said Todd Banks, Kenmore Air President. “We’ve been committed to sustaining and nurturing the Pacific Northwest since our founding in 1946. Our business and employees genuinely care about a healthy environment. We intend to work collaboratively with Ecology to ensure that our operation continues to meet all required environmental standards.”

Ecology penalties may be appealed within 30 days to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board. Kenmore Air has informed Ecology that the company intends to file such an appeal.

Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology communications, 425-649-7009, @ecySeattle

Daylin Baker, Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit Leader, 425-649-7014

Todd Banks, President, Kenmore Air Harbor, Inc., 425-482-2220