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Medford, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined General Property Group $29,417 for hazardous waste violations.

In November 2015, the company purchased a property on Grape Street that had been used as a plating facility since the 1960s. The company was aware that a number of tanks and storage rooms on site contained hazardous substances.

In August 2016, DEQ ordered the company to characterize and dispose of all waste on the property by Dec. 9, 2016. In March 2017, the company submitted documentation to DEQ that it had disposed of hazardous waste. However, it has not submitted documentation that liquid and sludge from sumps outside the building has been disposed of or that it has disposed of waste that isn't considered hazardous.

Improperly managing hazardous waste threatens public health and the environment. To safeguard the public, DEQ has strict requirements for the accumulation, storage, handling, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste.

The company has appealed the penalty.

View the enforcement letter: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/103017gpg.pdf

Contact:
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us

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