Department of Ecology News Release - June 14, 2019

Summary of environmental penalties issued the first quarter of 2019

OLYMPIA –

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $237,600 in penalties of $1,000 or more from January through March 2019. 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 January-March 2019 

County City Date issued Recipient Description Amount Media contact
Asotin Clarkston 1/9/2019 Daniel Burnett Burned garbage in an outdoor fire at his residence, violating air quality burning regulations. $1,500 Ryan Lancaster, 509-329-3509
Clark Vancouver 1/3/2019 City of Vancouver Operational problems at the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant caused two releases of raw or partially treated sewage into the Columbia River, totaling nearly 600,000 gallons, in Sept. & Oct. 2017. News release. Penalty paid. $60,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Cowlitz Longview 2/1/2019 North Pacific Paper Company LLC Violated permit limits for particulate matter releases to the air on Aug. 7, 2018, after failing to properly maintain pollution control equipment. Penalty paid. $8,200 Dave Bennett, 360-407-6149
Cowlitz Longview 2/27/2019 Nippon Dynawave Packaging Company, LLC Allowed air emissions to exceed visibility limits 19 times, June through Sept. 2018. Penalty paid. $5,000 Dave Bennett, 360-407-6149
Grays Harbor Hoquiam 1/31/2019 John W Simons, Jr. On July 26, 2017, the 43-foot wooden fishing vessel Perwyn sank at a private marina on the Hoquiam River discharging an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel to the water. The vessel owner did not notify state and federal authorities, and failed to clean up the spill. $1,500 Ty Keltner,
360-407-6990
Grays Harbor Hoquiam 1/31/2019 John W Simons, Jr. On March 4, 2018, the 70-foot wooden fishing vessel Lady Grace sank in the Hoquiam River discharging an estimated 196 gallons of oil to the river. The vessel owner did not notify state and federal authorities, and failed to clean up the spill. Also assessed $29,023 for state cleanup costs. $2,000 Ty Keltner,
360-407-6990
King Tukwila 2/6/2019 Fatigue Technology, FTI Violated dangerous waste regulations by failing to submit records to confirm proper designation of waste materials; provide a written training plan and personnel training records; label and date containers of dangerous waste. News release. Penalty appealed. $17,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 2/6/2019 Lafarge PNW, Inc. Spilled petroleum-contaminated soil into the Duwamish River on Sept. 19, 2018, while unloading a barge, when a super sack fell onto the dock, tore open, and some of the contents entered the water. Spilled soil later recovered from river bottom, barge deck and dock. Penalty paid. $2,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 2/13/2019 Seattle Iron and Metals Corp. Violated pollution limits 43 times on discharges into the Duwamish River, and failed to maintain facilities that protect the waterway from untreated stormwater in 2017 and 2018. News release. Penalty paid. $98,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Bellevue 3/15/2019 Kuney Construction Allowed muddy water from a construction site to overflow into a wetland and Kelsey Creek, when a pump for the site’s approved stormwater collection system was removed without authorization. The company had recently built the wetland to offset the project’s impacts to other wetlands in the same watershed. Penalty paid. $2,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Pacific South Bend 3/1/2019 Sunfeather Lightdancer Bay Center On March 4, 2017, the 49 year-old, 125-foot, wood-hulled, ex-Antarctic research vessel Hero sank at its mooring at a private floating dock in the Palix River. As a result of the sinking, oil continuously spilled for nearly a month, impacting local oyster-growing operations located just downstream. Also assessed $28,870 in state cleanup costs. $1,200 Ty Keltner,
360-407-6990
Skagit Sedro Woolley 3/6/2019 Peace Health United General Failed to register an underground storage tank, installed in 1993, that supplies diesel fuel for an emergency generator. Also ordered to comply with requirements to prevent and detect leaks from the tank and related piping and pumps. Penalty paid. $2,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Thurston Olympia 1/14/2019 Steve Davis Excavating Repeatedly allowed muddy stormwater to run off to sensitive wetlands from the Kaiserwood Subdivision development, violating construction stormwater permit. Caused by lack of flow control and stabilization. Penalty paid. $2,500 Jeff Zenk,
360-407-6239
Thurston Olympia 1/14/2019 Straight Line Construction Repeatedly allowed muddy stormwater to run off to sensitive wetlands from the Kaiserwood Subdivision development, violating construction stormwater permit. Caused by lack of flow control and stabilization. Penalty paid. $2,500 Jeff Zenk,
360-407-6239
Walla Walla Burbank 2/4/2019 Sun Pacific Energy Violated underground storage tank regulations related to fuel storage and operations. Installed new tanks without notifying Ecology and received fuel illegally for the past year, without pollution liability insurance or tank endorsements. Paid $800 under settlement of penalty appeal. $1,700 Ryan Lancaster, 509-329-3509
Whatcom Ferndale 11/9/2018 Intalco Aluminum Corp. Violated its air permit 11 different times in 2017 and 2018, releasing fluoride and particulate matter beyond required limits into the air and surrounding environment. $27,500

Andy Wineke

360-407-6932
Yakima Sunnyside 2/27/2019 Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc. Failed to comply with underground storage tank requirements for operator training, emergency response signage, leak detection and closure requirements at its Eastway Drive fueling station. Penalty paid. $1,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Yakima Sunnyside 2/27/2019 Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc. Failed to comply with underground storage tank requirements for operator training, emergency response signage, leak detection and closure requirements at its Lincoln Street fueling station. Penalty paid. $1,500 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610

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