Compliance and Enforcement Data

The information below summarizes agency notices, orders and penalties. Penalty assessments are the initial amounts assessed before any appeals, negotiated settlements, Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office or Superior Court decisions where the total amount could be reduced. Significant year to year differences of the total penalty amounts for enforcement actions occur due to targeted inspection initiatives, new or enhanced permitting programs, or statutory changes. Yearly differences of initial penalty amounts may correspond with action spikes, a large single violation, or group of violations. For example: 2002 totals include $15,720,000 in penalties issued for the 1999 Olympic Pipe Line rupture and fire.

The program totals reflect only a portion of what programs’ expend on compliance and enforcement work. To find out more about Ecology programs, please visit the Ecology Program’s webpage. All totals are subject to changes or slight variances from program totals.

*These penalty amounts reflect the initial assessment amount before any appeals process or negotiations where the total amount may be reduced. 2002 totals include $15,720,000 in penalties issued for the 1999 Bellingham spill and fire. All totals are subject to change or slight variance.

 

Total Number of Enforcement Actions and Total  Penalty Initial Assessed Amounts by Year
YEAR Notices Orders Penalties Total Enforcement Actions Total Penalty Initial Assessed Amount*
2015 154 207 213 574 $1,195,171
2014 90 84 225 399 $1,549,139
2013 182 84 245 511 $1,402,540
2012 130 101 242 473 $1,540,048
2011 187 125 235 547 $686,043
2010 160 117 192 469 $1,224,037
2009 149 143 295 587 $2,058,266
2008 175 165 231 571 $1,732,269
2007 180 128 213 521 $2,778,557
2006 181 114 193 488 $2,056,023
2005 199 90 155 444 $1,991,441
2004 192 90 150 432 $1,465,362
2003 188 159 181 528 $1,207,992
2002 221 205 211 637 $17,051,430
2001 231 707 166 1104 $1,193,650
2000 507 370 171 1048 $2,335,678
1999 385 162 247 794 $2,691,353
1998 141 136 165 442 $1,895,777
1997 90 99 163 352 $1,506,295
1996 79 107 115 301 $1,128,899
1995 107 209 109 425 $703,380
1994 135 194 185 514 $1,211,150
1993 85 185 100 370 $1,811,350
1992 101 167 130 398 $2,246,782
1991 84 146 152 382 $1,532,580
1990 138 100 167 405 $2,566,900
1989 83 83 199 365 $1,615,977
1988 62 94 195 351 $1,082,875
1987 121 138 198 457 $1,046,147
1986 116 200 216 532 $1,009,468
1985 58 172 220 450 $822,028

Enforcement Totals by Program for 2004-2015
Program 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Air Quality 108 88 89 114 124 134 136 99 106 128 32 85
Environmental Assessment Program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction 14 15 13 9 13 8 11 6 14 11 14 16
Industrial Section 35 20 20 22 17 7 20 15 15 23 26 31
Nuclear Waste 2   1 6 1   1   1 0 2 0
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance 14 5 1 8 6 4 9 3 8 13 15 16
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response 90 69 91 109 151 122 67 70 93 81 52 43
Toxics Clean Up 54 54 56 70 108 153 79 118 159 162 144 149
Waste 2 Resources 18 74 60 33 20 13 11 80 5 4 5 17
Water Quality 86 106 139 142 129 114 119 143 57 71 97 79
Water Resources 11 13 18 8 2 32 16 13 15 17 10 137
Total 432 444 488 521 571 587 469 547 473 511 399 574