Eugene, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Pacific Metal Fab. LLC $9,600 for stormwater violations at its Chambers Street facility.
The company stored petroleum products and other chemicals outside its facility without proper secondary containment to prevent spills. It also discharged waste – including contaminated water from its boiler and soapy water from vehicle washing – to the pavement outside its facility where it is likely to be carried by rain into the Amazon Diversion Canal. Such violations pose a risk to aquatic life in the canal.
DEQ also cited the company, without penalty, for failing to conduct complete monthly inspections between May 2015 and May 2017, failing to conduct annual stormwater employee education in 2016, and failing to maintain an updated Stormwater Pollution Control Plan. The company must update its plan by no later than Dec. 29, 2017.
In calculating the penalty, DEQ considered the company's efforts to address violations noted in the City of Eugene's June 2017 inspection including changing how it stored petroleum products and chemicals, stopping vehicle washing and preventing future discharges from its boiler.
The company has until Dec. 19 to appeal the penalty.
See the enforcement letter at: www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/120517PacificMetalFab.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Western Region Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org