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Vehicle Dismantler Business, Co-Owners and Employee Facing Multiple Environmental Crime Charges
03/04/2010
 
Sergeant Todd Thompson
Fish & Wildlife Division
Oregon State Police – Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354 ext. 224
 
Cathie Rhoades
Oregon DEQ
Phone: (503) 378-5089

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Following a lengthy investigation involving Oregon State Police (OSP), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, a motor vehicle dismantler business east of Newport and three individuals were cited on multiple charges including environmental crimes.
 
According to DEQ's website, "vehicle dismantlers play a valuable role by recovering, rebuilding and reselling usable parts from worn out or damaged vehicles and recycling other materials. Although generation of wastes may be unavoidable, vehicle dismantlers can help protect the health of our environment through good waste management practices."
 
"King Salvage", a Vehicle Dismantler business for several years on Highway 20, was the focus of the investigation following numerous complaints about the business related to water pollution, air pollution, and unlawful storage of solid waste. In addition to the alleged complaints, the business's Dismantler certificate expired in July 2009.
 
Additionally, DEQ has taken enforcement action against the Mobleys. On October 10, 2007, DEQ issued "King Salvage" a Notice of Violation and civil penalty totaling $32,396 for various solid waste and hazardous waste violations. After a hearing on the penalty before an administrative law judge, the Mobleys did not comply with the judge's order to clean up the property. In May 2009, EPA conducted a time-critical removal at "King Salvage", using federal Oil Pollution Act funds. EPA removed approximately 500 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil from the site as well as 50 drums of used oil, which posed a threat to Beaver Creek. A December 1, 2009 DEQ inspection revealed many of the same violations, as well as additional air quality and water quality violations. These violations have been referred to DEQ's Office of Compliance and Enforcement.
 
On February 26, 2010, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers cited the "King Salvage" business and three associated people to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court on March 17th for the following charges:
 
"King Salvage"
  • Water Pollution in the First Degree
  • Air Pollution in the Second Degree
  • Unlawful Disposal / Storage of Solid Waste
  • Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantler's Business Without a Certificate
  • Improperly Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantling Business
 
Robert Mobley, age 71, from Newport, co-owner of "King Salvage"
  • Water Pollution in the First Degree
  • Air Pollution in the Second Degree
  • Unlawful Disposal / Storage of Solid Waste
  • Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantler's Business Without a Certificate
  • Improperly Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantling Business
 
Lanetta Mobley, age 57, from Newport, co-owner of "King Salvage"
  • Water Pollution in the First Degree
  • Air Pollution in the Second Degree (two counts)
  • Unlawful Disposal / Storage of Solid Waste
  • Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantler's Business Without a Certificate
  • Improperly Conducting a Motor Vehicle Dismantling Business
 
Richard Inocencio, age 48, from Newport, a "King Salvage" employee
  • Water Pollution in the Second Degree
 
Water Pollution in the First Degree is a Class B felony. All other listed charges are Class A misdemeanors.