Eugene, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Perlenfein Inc., doing business as B & R Auto Wrecking, $6,454 for water quality violations at its Prairie Road facility.
The violations included placing wastes in a location where they were likely to be carried into waters of the state. Specifically, employees at the facility washed vehicles in an area where soapy water could have entered a neighboring wetland through a series of ditches. Detergent mixed with stormwater is considered a waste under Oregon law and may pollute waterways. The actions also violate the facility's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
City of Eugene staff had previously warned the company in 2015 about washing vehicles on site.
In April 2017, city staff saw a hose, bucket and brush at the facility in an area designated for vehicle washing. The next month they told the city that vehicles were no longer being washed on-site. DEQ considered the facility's actions to have vehicles washed off site when determining the fine.
Perlenfein Inc. has appealed the fine.
View the enforcement letter: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/022718perlenfein.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org