North Plains, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $55,048 civil penalty to Northside Rock Products LLC, for causing pollution to the East Fork of McKay Creek, and for operating an industrial discharge source without applying for coverage under the required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. In April 2017, state inspectors observed turbid wastewater discharging into the creek from the Peterson Quarry located at 18240 NW Dixie Mountain Road, in North Plains, Oregon.
DEQ issued this penalty because turbidity in the water column and deposition of sediments can degrade water quality and may harm aquatic life by covering up food sources, abrading fish gills, and smothering fish eggs and invertebrate organisms living in the river.
View enforcement notice at www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/081817nsrock.pdf
Matthew Van Sickle, Public Information Officer, DEQ, 503-229-6044 email@example.com