Archive for October 2009

Seventeen Firefighters Prepare to Graduate from Fire Training Academy

The following fire departments and districts are represented in the upcoming graduating class:

 
Eastside Fire & Rescue                                   (3)
Fire Training Academy                                   (2)
King County Fire District #45                        (5)
Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue                        (1)
Snohomish County Fire District #26          (1)
Woodinville Fire & Life Safety                     (2)
Yakima County Fire District #5                    (1)
Mason County Fire District #2                     (2)

 

 
For more information on the Fire Training Academy, contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (360) 596-3900.

Ecology penalties total $629,740 in the third quarter of 2009

The most common accounts receiving collected penalties are:
  • Coastal Protection (RCW 90.48.400 and RCW 90.48.390)
  • Vessel Response (RCW 90.56.335)
  • Underground Storage Tank (RCW 90.76.100)
  • Air Pollution Control (RCW 70.94.015)
  • Biosolids (RCW 70.95J.025)
  • State Toxics Control (RCW 70.105D.070)
  • Oil Spill Prevention (RCW 90.56.510)
  • Reclamation (RCW 18.104.155 and RCW 89.16.020)
  • Electronic Recycling (RCW 70.95N.130)
County of Violation
City of Violation
Date Issued
Penalty Recipient
Description of Violation
Amount
Media Contact
Clark
Vancouver
7/6/09
Berry Plastics Holding Corp.  
Failed to file quarterly discharge monitoring reports as required by law. The reports are necessary to ensure stormwater discharges from the site meet water quality standards.
$2,000
 Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Clark
Vancouver
4/23/09 (From 2nd quarter.)
Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
This facility failed to conduct required quarterly monitoring since 2005.
$2,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Grant
Moses Lake
9/3/09
Palmer, Craig & Todd
Agricultural burning without a permit when permits had been obtained in the past for the same exact location.
$2,090
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Grant
Warden
7/23/09
Central WA Excavation
Central Washington Excavation burned a portion of a house in Warden, violating the regulation against burning prohibited materials.  
$3,000
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Grays Harbor
Hoquiam
9/17/09
Smith Creek Birdwatchers Association
An excavator conducting unpermitted work in a wetland spilled 90 gallons of hydraulic oil.  The spill wasn’t cleaned up or reported as required by state law.
$2,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Grays Harbor
Elma
7/16/2009
Elma Rock N Redi Mix, LLC, (formerly Wildcat Enterprises)
Multiple violations of its sand and gravel permit, including the failure to monitor process water and stormwater discharges for staying within acceptable pollution limits and reporting those results to Ecology as required.
$9,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Skagit
Sedro Woolley
9/22/09
Skagit Hill Recycling Inc.
Accepted and stored non-inert waste in the excavated portion of an inactive gravel mine, with no measures taken to protect groundwater quality. See Ecology’s news release.
$46,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King
Seattle
8/27/09
Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Co.
Spilled sand and gravel from shore-side bunkers into the Lake Washington Ship Canal violated other permit conditions and failed to respond to an earlier Notice of Violation.  See Ecology’s news release.
$12,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King
Seattle
7/17/09
Fog Tite, Inc.
Discharged industrial wastewater into a storm drain and failed to properly monitor industrial stormwater into city storm drains.  See Ecology’s news release.
$18,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King
Kent
7/23/09
Burlington Environmental LLC Kent, Tacoma
The state’s largest dangerous waste processor will pay $58,000 and fund two years of audits to support major environmental and safety reforms at Tacoma and Kent facilities under a settlement agreement with Ecology.  See Ecology’s news release.
$288,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Kittitas
Easton
7/9/09
Nathan Weis; Easton Ridge Land Co. LLC.
Used waste oil to ignite several burn piles, violating outdoor burning regulations.
$2,500
Joye Redfield-Wilder, 509-575-2610
Lewis
Toledo
8/14/09
Robert Thompson
The site’s operator failed to reapply for sand and gravel permit coverage when it restarted mining operations, even after several notifications by Ecology. The permit sets pollution limits on water discharged from the operation.
$1,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Lincoln
Odessa
9/2/09
Cenex Harrington
Delivered petroleum to an underground storage tank without a valid permit.
$1,000
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Lincoln
Ritzville
7/16/09
Mike Kuest
Michael A. Kuest illegally burned a field in grass seed production.
$3,400
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Pierce
Tacoma
7/10/09
John J. Hauff, Jr.
Discharged oil in the Hylebos Waterway from a partially demolished, submerged vessel.
$1,750
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Pierce
Tacoma
7/14/09
Manke Lumber Co.
Ongoing problems following its industrial stormwater permit requirements, and non-compliance with an Ecology order to correct stormwater pollution problems.
$69,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Skagit
Mount Vernon
8/25/09
Galen Johnson doing business as Hillside Enterprises LLC
Took inadequate erosion-prevention measures and failed to conduct inspections required by water quality permit at Hillside Motel construction site, 23002 Bonnie View Road. Stormwater flows to wetlands that drain Carpenter Creek.
$1,000
Katie Skipper, 360-715-5205
Skagit
Sedro Woolley
9/22/09
Skagit Hill Recycling Inc.
Accepted and stored non-inert waste in the excavated portion of an inactive gravel mine, with no measures taken to protect groundwater quality. See Ecology’s news release.
$46,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Skagit
 
8/14/09
Olmstead Transportation Co.
Overfilled a fuel tank and spilled diesel fuel to Maddox Creek and Big Ditch. Failed to report the spill, which covered more than nine stream miles from Mount Vernon to Skagit Bay. See Ecology’s news release.
$14,500
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Snohomish
Woodinville
7/23/09
Wellington Hills Business Campus
Discharged muddy stormwater to county storm drains, which flow to Little Bear Creek. The project lacked erosion and soil-control best management practices. See Ecology’s news release.
$62,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Spokane
Deer Park
7/15/09
Big D Septic
Dumped septic sludge on the company’s property, violating the state’s biosolids management regulations.  Big D does not have a permit to apply septic sludge to the land as agricultural fertilizer. See Ecology News Release.
$2,500
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Thurston
Tumwater
9/30/2009
AmCor Packaging
Failure to apply for the necessary industrial stormwater permit from Ecology.
$2,000
Kim Schmanke, 360-407-6239
Walla Walla
Walla Walla
7/8/09
Cliffstar Corporation
Discharged a large, concentrated load of high strength wastewater to the city of Walla Walla’s sanitary sewer without prior approval.
$3,000
Jani Gilbert,
509-329-3495
Whatcom
Bellingham
9/10/09
Greenbriar Construction Corp.,
Discharged muddy stormwater and operated without a construction stormwater permit at Emerald Cottages project on Telegraph Rd. See Ecology’s news release.
$36,000
Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
 
 

 

For more detail about Ecology’s enforcement policy and actions, please see the 2007 Enforcement Report at www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0801015.pdf

Flood Watch Cancelled

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – The flood watch for Western Washington , including Grays Harbor County has been cancelled by the National Weather Service

Pacific County Layoffs Shore up 2010 Budget

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Board of Commissioners have adopted a 2010 budget that includes the layoff of 15 current employees, and the loss of 12 other budgetted positions through attrition. County Administrative Officer Brian Harrision told KBKW 12 positions "were filled at one time, currently the layoffs include about 15 existing employees" 12 positions have not been filled from the 2009 budget, and will not be filled in 2010, 15 existing employees received layoff notices from the county today.

Stouffer Moore Floor Coverings Fire

 

Press Release from the Aberdeen Fire Department

At 18:02 hours on October 28, 2009, Grays Harbor Communications was notified via a passerby of heavy smoke coming from the Stouffer/Moore floor covering business located at 310 S. I St.  The Aberdeen Fire Department responded and upon arrival found heavy smoke and fire within the building.  A second alarm was immediately called followed shortly thereafter with third alarm.  Units from Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Montesano, and Grays Harbor Fire District 2 responded.  Six engines, 2 ladders, and a number of other support units responded with approximately 45 firefighters.  One unit still remains on scene this morning.
 
A defensive strategy was taken throughout the incident.  Due to the extreme heat and smoke conditions that crews were confronted with, no personnel ever entered the interior of the building.  The entire roof of the structure failed during the incident and fell in on the 2nd floor and its contents.  There were no injuries to any occupants or firefighters. 
 
The AFD will be working with the building owner (Jim Moore) and insurance company (Travelers – Dave Johnson agent) in determining the loss totals for the building and contents.  The department will also be working with the insurance company to provide perimeter security and determine the buildings stability.  There are numerous cracks within the walls that currently present a danger to the public and investigators who need to access the interior.
 
I Street between Heron and State will remain closed as well as the alleyways between the building.  State Street between H & I will also remain closed until building stability can be determined.
 
The investigation will continue this morning with AFD investigators getting statements from witnesses and responders.  Scene processing will not take place until the buildings structural condition can be assessed and determined safe to enter.
 

     

Service Van Ends up in Harbor Near Remmy Island

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking more information on a stolen vehicle that ended up in the Harbor from the 28th Street Boat Launch in Hoquiam. Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us that sometime over the weekend Humphrey Construction was broken into, and along with other things, a service van was stolen. Green tells us "Apparently it was dumped into the river at the boat ramp in Hoquiam."
The Hoquiam Police Department recovered the vehicle Monday afternoon, The breakin appears to have occured sometime between Friday night and early Monday morning. Investigators are not certain when the vehicle ended up in the water near the 28th street boat launch. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180

Sheriff’s Department asks Beachombers to Report Wreckage

GRAYLAND, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department is continuing to search for wreckage from a 1969 Coronada-class sailing vessel, as well as 51 year old John Phillip Stapp – Stapp was last seen onboard the 25 foot sailboat at the Westport Marina. Undersheriff Rick Scott said that investigators have found various item as possible wreckage, however they are urging beachcombers to report items found which appear to be related to the County Sheriff’s Office at 249-3711.

Haunted Hoquiam Halloween Afternoon

Participating businesses include:

 
7-11
7th Street Consignment
7th Street Theatre
Ace Electric
Alexander’s Grill
Chris’ Motorcycle Shop
Department of Licensing
Emerson Manor 4-8 pm
Enchanted Florist
Golden Dragon
Harbor Drug
Hoquiam Farmer’s Market
Hoquiam Fire Department
Hoquiam Police Department
Hoquiam Therapy Services
Kathy’s House of Roses
Ken Schoenfeld Furniture
Levee Lumber
Los Arcos
McDonald’s
QD Uniforms
Six Rivers Gallery
Suzie’s Cakes
Swanson’s
The Bank of the Pacific
The Pond Place
The Taste of Art
Washingtonian Print

Commissioners Get Tears and Cheers in Support of 4-H Program

Some had asked during the meeting if fund raising efforts, or user-fees, could fill the gap; Harbel explained "We could certainly use additional funds through that process, but Extension does require that the county provide some sort of a foundation support for us, if you ever dealt with grant funding and other sources of funding, you need a foundation – we’ve had that foundation for 92 years."

Harbel was among the many to point out that the county also benefits indirectly from the program "I think you see tonight that there are a lot of dedicated people here that are spending their time, and in fact their money, to make this county a better place to live."

4-H is a portion of the WSU Extension Program, the local 4-H includes over 2,500 Grays Harbor youth.

The County is trying to find 5 million dollars to make their budget work, and is reviewing all expenses.

Commissioner Al Carter said the supporters were preaching to the choir "we love this group – it’s absolutely worth every bit and every penny we do, they’re great volunteers, they’re huge supporters of what we’re doing, these are tough times."

Carter said that other departments have come around, and in most cases are trying to come closer to the 10% cuts the county requested earlier this year.

Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell