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Ecology announces penalties for second quarter of 2013

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:

  • Environmental restoration and enhancement projects.
  • Research and development.
  • Permitting and regulatory programs.
  • Education and assistance.

 

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)

 

[pagebreak:April 1 - June 30, 2013 FULL REPORT Page 1]

County  of violation

City

Date Issued

Recipients

Violation Description

Penalty amount

Media contact

Chelan             

Leavenworth

5/17/2013

Mellenberger Property

Daniel Mellenberger

Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire, including demolition debris from three travel trailers and a chicken coop over three days from March 23-25, 2012. Conducted the outdoor burning without an approved burn permit

$1,600

Joye Redfield-Wilder,

509-575-2610

Clark

Battle Ground           

6/17/2013

Gold Medal Group LLC/Dennis Pavlina

Failed to implement conditions of an order required to offset damage caused by illegally filling in some 37 acres of wetlands while preparing to build Battle Ground Commerce, a mixed-use development. This caused critical damage by reducing natural flooding and erosion control, water filtration and purification, and ground water recharge. 

$9,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Douglas            

East Wenatchee

5/17/2013

Circle K Stores, LLC

Owners failed to comply with reporting, recordkeeping, and release detection requirements for fueling operations.

$1,100

Joye Redfield-Wilder,

509-575-2610

Jefferson

Port Townsend

5/21/2013

Sea Marine

The company failed to conduct monitoring as required by its permit, did not keep required inspection reports or checklists and missed four monthly monitoring submittals.

$1,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

King

Seattle

6/27/2013

Seattle Tunnel Partners

Violated the state’s construction stormwater general permit for the State Route 99 tunnel project when material used to seal off closed storm drains was discharged into Seattle’s storm sewer in November 2012.

$2,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

4/24/2013

Glacier Northwest

Discharged muddy water to the Duwamish River from a barge on Jan. 10, 2013.

$3,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle                 

6/25/2013

Marine Vacuum Service, Inc.

Settled an Ecology penalty, originally $28,000, for illegally disposing hazardous waste, failing to properly document procedures, storing waste longer than allowed, and failing to maintain liability insurance.  News release.

$19,600

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King               

Seattle

4/12/2013

Shell Exploration & Production Co.

Discharged oily water, containing approx. two gal. of diesel oil, into Elliott Bay while servicing the drilling rig Kulluk at Vigor Shipyards on May 29, 2012.

$1,200

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King               

Redmond

4/12/2013

NW Maintenance And Janitorial

Kinder Care

Disposed waste floor-stripping material into a parking lot storm drain clearly marked “Drains to Creek, No Dumping” on Aug. 8, 2012 at 2060 152nd Ave. NE. in Redmond.  

$1,600

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King               

Lake Forest Park

4/12/2013

Seattle City Light

Delayed response to a 32 gal. mineral oil spill from a downed electrical transformer allowed oil to flow through a half-mile of storm drains and reach McAleer Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary to Lake Washington. 

$2,100

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Kittitas

Cle Elum                

6/13/2013

Espot LLC

Owners failed to comply with reporting, recordkeeping, release detection and corrosion protection requirements for fueling operations.

$1,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder,

509-575-2610

Pacific            

 Willapa Bay

6/25/2013

Sturgell Fisheries LLC

Spilled nearly 675 gallons of oil to marine waters at the entrance of Willapa Bay on Jan. 25, 2013, after the crabbing vessel Genesis A ran aground on the Long Beach Peninsula. Investigators determined that human error caused the grounding and subsequent oil spill. News Release

$11,500

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Pend Oreille       

Newport

4/10/2013

Mr. Don Storro

Disposed of construction debris illegally by burning.

$3,500

Brook Beeler, 509-329-3478

 

Pierce             

Tacoma

6/11/2013

RV Associates

Spilled oil to the Hylebos Waterway while illegally deconstructing a derelict vessel known as the Hauff Barge. News release

$4,800

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Pierce             

Tacoma

6/11/2013

Tacoma Industrial Properties  

The company deconstructed a barge without a permit at its property along Taylor Road on the Hylebos Waterway.News release

$20,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Snohomish

Mukilteo

4/16/2013

Industrial Plating Corp.

Failed to take or delayed several measures required to protect water quality from wastewater discharges coming from the manufacturing facility.News release.

$19,500

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Snohomish          

Everett

4/19/2013

Robert Dossett; Aberdeen, Wash.

Discharged oily bilge water from the vessel Saphire Sea into Union Slough at Seacrest Marina on June 14, 2012. Also assessed $4,995.51 for state spill response costs.

$1,500

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Snohomish          

Woodinville

5/28/2013

King County

Released more than 10 million gallons of sewage from a 4,000 foot pipeline section near Thrashers Corner to North Creek and the wetlands area in Centennial Park between Nov. 19, 2012 and Jan. 9, 2013.  News release.

$22,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Walla Walla            

Wallula

6/11/2013

TransCanada

The facility exceeded allowable emission limits for carbon oxide from a compressor station for a natural gas pipeline.

$1,000

Brook Beeler, 509-329-3478

 

Stevens

Loon Lake               

5/8/2013

Loon Lake Self Service

Owner failed to test and record inspections of fuel tank linings, lines and leak detection equipment.

$1,200

Brook Beeler, 509-329-3478

 

Stevens

Clayton                 

4/16/2013

Chief Petroleum

Owner failed to maintain proper licenses, insurance, and records.

$1,300

Brook Beeler, 509-329-3478

 

Thurston

Lacey

5/11/2013

Sutter Metals  

The company violated the state industrial stormwater general permit by illegally discharging oily, contaminated stormwater runoff and not using best management practices to avoid or minimize environmental damage.

$2,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Whatcom

Lummi Island

6/14/2013

Lummi Rock LLC

Released oil five times during the removal of two offshore sunken barges in March, Aug. and Sept. 2012, totaling 79 gallons. News release.

$10,300

Dustin Terpening, 360-715-5205

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County of violation

City

Date Issued

Recipients

Violation Description

Penalty amount

Media contact

Benton

Richland

3/14/2013

Harris Transportation of Portland, Ore.

Delivered petroleum to USA Gas No. 62506, a facility that didn’t display a compliance tag showing it was in compliance with underground storage tank (UST) regulations.  

$1,500

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 – 575-2610

 

Chelan

Chelan

1/9/2013

Lakeside Petroleum Co.

Failed  to comply with tank release detection requirements at Lakeside Petroleum Co.

$1,600

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 – 575-2610

 

Clark

Vancouver

3/14/2013

Holly Park Properties, LLC,

Multiple underground storage tank infractions were found during An inspection at the Corner Market.

$1,200

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clark

Camas

1/24/2013

Bret A. Simpson and his company Principle Metals LLC

Spilling oil and 40 days of ongoing environmental harm from continuing oil leaks to the Columbia River from the 431-foot derelict barge Davy Crockett during an illegal in-water scrapping operation. News release

$405,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clallam

Sequim

1/11/2013

Delhur Industries – Angeles Concrete Products

This fine is for discharging to groundwater without a permit. The company failed to apply for a permit after taking over this concrete batch plant in October 2012.

$1,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Clallam

Port Angeles

3/21/2013

Black Diamond Quarry

This penalty is for the unauthorized discharge of muddy, silt-laden water to Tumwater Creek, a fish bearing stream; having an inadequate stormwater pollution prevention plan and an inadequately sized on-site pond for containing runoff; and for failure to monitor stormwater discharges.

$3,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Cowlitz

Longview

3/4/2013

Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging

The company exceeded the amount of oxygen-depleting material allowed in wastewater discharges under its wastewater permit.

$2,500

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

 

Franklin

Othello

3/12/2013

JDC Michel Farms, Inc., Michel LLC

Burned 10 acres of wheat stubble without an agricultural burn permit. The burn also caused a wildfire on adjacent property. The local fire department responded to extinguish the fire.

$5,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

Grant

Royal City

1/23/2013

B & G Farms – Smyrna Bench

Violated Washington’s water quality laws by not preventing extreme erosion on farm land known as Smyrna Bench. Soil from the land smothered fish habitat and polluted Lower Crab Creek with mud.

News release

$20,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

 

Jefferson

Port Ludlow

1/10/2103

Mason Quarry Inc. (Shine Quarry)

The company repeatedly discharged muddy, silt-laden water to a ditch that flows into Shine Creek. Under the company’s permit, discharges to the ground are authorized, but discharges to surface water, such as a creek, are not.

$2,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

King

Seattle

1/10/2013

Seattle Iron Metals Corp.

Released scrap metal materials into the Duwamish Waterway during barge loading and unloading. 

$5,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Seattle

1/24/2013

Independent Metals Co.

Failed to report an oil spill from machinery during unloading from a barge on the Duwamish Waterway; used detergent to scrub the dock and rinsed oil into the river.   News release  

$5,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Seattle

1/24/2013

SSA Marine

Failed to promptly report and respond to an oil leak from a container during vessel unloading at Terminal 18, resulting in approximately 200 gallons entering the East Waterway.

$3,000

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

King

Des Moines

3/18/2013

Leonel Arce-Hernandez

A motor vehicle driven by the respondent left a road at Salt Water State Park, entered McSorley Creek and spilled motor oil into the waterway.

$1,600

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

2/1/2013

Phoenix Processor LP

The fishing vessel Excellence spilled 177 gallons of diesel fuel to Elliott Bay on May 9, 2011while while receiving fuel from a barge. News release.

$12,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

3/25/2013

East West Seafoods

Fishing vessel Pacific Producer Vessel entered state waters without Washington State Oil Spill contingency Plan Coverage.  News release.

$12,654

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

King

Seattle

3/13/2013

ConGlobal Industries

Failed to provide required treatment and violated pollution limits for water discharged into the Duwamish Waterway.  News release.

$35,000

Larry Altose, 425-649-7009

Okanogan

Omak

1/31/2013

Omak Fish & Game Club Inc. 

Burned illegal materials, including plastic and garbage in an outdoor fire on March 21, 2012.

$1,127

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 – 575-2610

 

Pierce

Tacoma

1/3/2013

Simpson Tacoma Kraft Pulp Mill

The company exceeded the amount of oxygen-depleting material allowed in wastewater discharges under its wastewater permit.

$6,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Pierce

Tacoma

3/6/2013

Performance Radiator

Ecology fined Performance Radiator for not following standards for dangerous waste tanks, and for failing to clean up previous spills of dangerous waste. Ecology levied the penalty after numerous attempts to get the business to comply with standards to prevent releases of dangerous waste.

News Release

$40,000

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239

Walla Walla

Walla Walla

2/22/2013

Cliffstar Corp.

Violated water quality permit limits for pH, causing chemical imbalance in wastewater sent to the Walla Walla wastewater treatment plan. The company also failed to submit the required engineering report.

$3,000

Brook Beeler, (509) 329-3478

 

Whatcom

Blaine

1/10/2013

Doug Connelly (Hughes Ave. commercial site)

Failure to implement and maintain best management practices according to permit.

$2,000

Dustin Terpening, (360) 715-5205

Whatcom

Ferndale

1/24/2013

Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery

Spilled one gallon of crude oil to Georgia Strait from a terminal pipeline.

$1,600

Larry Altose, 206-920-2600

 

Whatcom

Deming

3/25/2013

Dale Marr, Marr Mink Farm

Ecology is taking this formal enforcement action in the form of a Notice of Penalty for ongoing manure-contaminated discharges above water quality standards for fecal coliform bacteria into highly sensitive, salmon-bearing state waters from this mink-rearing operation.

News release

$48,000

Dustin Terpening, (360) 715-5205

Yakima

Yakima

2/08/2013

General Transport of Grandview

Delivered petroleum to Sunshine Mart, a facility that didn’t display a compliance tag showing it was in compliance with underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

$1,500

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 – 575-2610

 

Yakima

Yakima

3/12/2013

Michelsens Packaging Yakima Facility

Discharged industrial stormwater to the Yakima City storm system without a permit and failed to submit necessary permit application by the due date.

$2,000

Joye Redfield-Wilder , 509 – 575-2610

 


For more information:
Compliance and Enforcement (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/enforce.html)


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