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Department of Ecology News Release - May 8, 2018

Environmental penalties for first quarter 2018

LACEY – The Washington Department of Ecology issued $543,300 in penalties of $1,000 or more for the months of January through March in 2018.

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.

Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts, such as the Coastal Protection Account. The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings.

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 January-March, 2018

County

City

Date Issued

Recipients

Description

Amount

Media contact

Adams

Othello

1/2/2018

Dan Nygard

Burned prohibited materials on Sept. 20, 2017, including metals, plastic tarps, rubber hoses, box fans and unidentified chemical containers. Penalty paid.

$1,000

Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

Chelan

Dryden

3/22/2018

Jeffrey L. Kinzel

Illegally placed fill dirt in the Wenatchee River channel and removed vegetation along the shoreline for unpermitted future development. Has been subject to past fines and restoration orders for illegal construction in the river. Penalty appealed. News release

$100,500

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610

Clallam

Neah Bay

2/14/2018

Christopher Grant

The 130-foot yacht Mea Culpa discharged approx. 25 gal. of diesel fuel into Neah Bay on On Dec. 4, 2017. Penalty paid.

$1,300

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Clark

Vancouver

3/15/2018

Tidewater Barge Lines, Inc.

Spilled 40,000 gal. of liquid urea ammonium nitrate fertilizer to the Columbia and Snake rivers in Pasco and Vancouver. Penalty appealed. News release

$18,000

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Clark

Ridgefield

3/29/2018

Cascade Bridge, LLC

Repeated NPDES permit violations after three inspections.

$2,500

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Cowlitz

Longview

2/5/2018

Nippon Dynawave Packaging Co., LLC

Violated its air quality permit for smoke density on Sept. 12, 2017. Penalty paid.

$2,500

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Douglas

East Wenatchee

3/26/2018

Van Well Nursery, Inc.

Burned prohibited materials including irrigation pipes in an outdoor agricultural fire. Penalty paid.

$2,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-610

Franklin

Pasco

3/23/2018

Syngenta Seeds, LLC

Failed to properly contain dangerous waste in March 2017. Penalty paid under expedited settlement agreement. News release

$20,000

Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

Grant

Royal City

2/15/2018

E3 Land LLC

Burned prohibited materials on Dec. 4, 2017, including two piles of lumber, plywood and irrigation pipes, and a 30-foot camp trailer. Penalty paid.

$1,000

Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

Grays Harbor

Cosmopolis

1/12/2018

Quigg Bros., Inc.

Discharged muddy stormwater from a construction project into Mill Creek on Dec. 28, 2017. Failed to implement and maintain best practices. Penalty appealed.

$1,500

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Jefferson

Port Townsend

1/16/2018

Port Townsend Paper Corp.

Violated water quality permit standards for total suspended solids in Nov. 2017. Penalty paid.

$5,000

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

King

Seattle

2/16/2018

Island Tug and Barge Company

Spilled 1,340 gal. of diesel fuel into a boomed area on the West Waterway after the tug Island Wind struck a barge on 2/28/2017. Response efforts recovered 1,273 gal. Small, unrecoverable sheens escaped into Elliott Bay. Failed to immediately report incident. Penalty paid. Also assessed $3,404.12 to recover the state’s response costs.

$8,000

Larry Altose,
425-649-7009

King

Seattle

2/6/2018

KLB Construction

Discharged muddy water from the Sound Transit Northgate Station construction site into Thornton Creek. Penalty paid.

$1,000

Larry Altose,
425-649-7009

King

Shoreline

2/8/2018

Shoreline Investors LLC

Discharged a mixture of stormwater and raw sewage from a construction site into the city stormwater system on Dec. 7, 2017. Penalty paid.

$5,000

Larry Altose,
425-649-7009

King

Mercer Island

1/5/2018

BDR Holdings, LLC

Allowed muddy water to flow from a construction site at 3408 97th Ave. SE to Lake Washington on Nov. 22 & 31, 2017. Failed to use stormwater best practices to prevent muddy discharges. Penalty paid.

$6,000

Larry Altose,
425-649-7009

Lincoln

Harrington

1/17/2018

City of Harrington

Failed to submit monitoring data for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, as required under its water quality permit, for Sept., Oct. and Nov. 2017. Penalty appealed.

$6,000

Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

Pacific

Ocean Park

1/2/2018

Corey Bardonski

Water wells constructed by an unlicensed person and not in compliance with state water well construction standards. Penalty paid.

$6,000

Dave Bennett,
360-407-6239

Skagit

Anacortes

1/30/2018

Cooke Aquaculture

Released over 242,959 Atlantic Salmon and undetermined amount of fish feed to Puget Sound when a net pen collapsed in August 2017. Penalty appealed. News release

$332,000

Jessie Payne,
360-407-6408

Whitman

Pullman

3/15/2018

Itani Development III, Inc.

Failed to implement and maintain best practices required under the Construction Stormwater General Permit. Water filled with sediment discharged into Hatley Creek and Pullman's stormwater system. Penalty appealed.

$3,000

Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478

Yakima

Sunnyside

2/14/2018

Mike’s Park & Pak Discount Cigarettes

Failed to comply with multiple leak prevention and detection requirements for underground storage tanks.

$5,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610

Yakima

Naches

1/17/2018

Richard and Sarah Tamburello of Benton County

Failed to restore the shoreline and remove the fill material illegally placed in the Naches River floodway near Nile in Yakima County as ordered. News release

$16,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610


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