Applegate, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Ronald Meredith Mankins $15,567 for allowing excavation and construction at a property he owns off Thompson Creek Road without a construction stormwater permit.
Under Oregon law, construction activities that disturb more than an acre of land must have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 1200-C permit.
A DEQ inspector inspected the property in May and saw land clearing, excavation and construction activities occurring on a steep slope about 100 feet uphill from Thompson Creek. No erosion or sediment controls were in place. In July additional excavation and construction activities occurred at the site without permits and without erosion or sediment controls in place.
DEQ issued the penalty because excavating without erosion and sediment controls may result in sediment reaching waters of the state. Sediment deposits can foul water quality and harm aquatic life.
Of the penalty, $12,117 of the civil penalty represents the economic benefit gained by avoiding the permit application fee and not putting erosion and sediment controls in place.
Mankins has until Nov. 26 to appeal the penalty.
View the enforcement letter: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/111917mankins.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org