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

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