Civil penalties are a monetary incentive to change behavior to ensure compliance with state law. Monetary penalties are aimed at correcting environmental violations and deterring future violations.  Ecology considers several factors when deciding the appropriate amount of the penalty.

Communities, families and businesses depend on clean air, land and water, and on reliable water supplies. Complying with our state’s and our nation’s laws helps assure this.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with these 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 a ruling by the Pollution Control Hearings Board or a negotiated settlement. Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for:

The most common accounts receiving collected penalties are:

Below are summaries of Ecology's penalties, assessed at $1,000 or more, for the last year.


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