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Hines, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $9,097 penalty to Zeolite Acquisition, LLC for failing to clean up a release of electrical insulation oil in the S.M.P. Industrial Park in Hines, OR.

DEQ inspected the property in March 2017 and observed an abandoned transformer, along with soils contaminated with electrical insulation oil.

Following the inspection, DEQ sent a letter to Zeolite Acquisition, which owned the property. DEQ explained that the site would have to be cleaned and tested, and that the transformer needed to be covered to prevent further oil releases.

Zeolite Acquisition sold the property in May 2017 but has not taken action to test, remove and clean up the abandoned transformer and the contaminated soils. Under DEQ's order, Zeolite must complete these cleanup actions by Nov. 30, 2017. In the meantime, the current property owner has prevented further releases by moving the transformer to a concrete pad and placing the contaminated soil in metal drums.

DEQ issued the penalty because failing to immediately clean up oil is a serious violation of Oregon environmental law. Even small amounts of oil can pose a threat to surface and ground water. In addition, the electrical insulation oil that was spilled may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a highly toxic substance that is subject to additional cleanup and disposal requirements.

View the notice of civil penalty: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/103017zeolite.pdf

Contact:
Greg Svelund, Public Affairs, 541-633-2008, svelund.greg@deq.state.or.us

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