On August 19, 2014, DEQ issued Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery, located in Clatskanie, a Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permit for storage and marine vessel loading of crude oil and ethanol.
DEQ placed the permit on public notice from Feb. 28, 2014, through May 5, 2014, and held a public hearing for the proposed permit on April 3, 2014, at Clatskanie High School. DEQ received approximately 1,400 public comments throughout the public comment period. DEQ also approved an Oil Spill Contingency Plan for the facility after public comment.
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DEQ Enforcement Action
On March 27, 2014, DEQ issued a civil penalty to Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery for establishing a new major source of air pollution without a permit and an order outlining what the company needs to do to come into compliance.
Notice of Civil Penalty Assessment and Order
On April 10, 2014, Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery appealed the DEQ enforcement order and requested a hearing.
Getting the air quality permit is one of the actions the order requires Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery to take. CPBR has contested the enforcement action. The next step in DEQ's enforcement process is a contested case hearing. At the hearing, DEQ must prove that, more likely than not, the allegations on which DEQ based its case are true and the assessed penalty is supported by law.