DEQ continues to pursue enforcement with NW Metals subsequent to the significant fire in March 2018 that impacted the surrounding neighborhoods.
In May 2019, DEQ presented its case to an Administrative Law Judge in a contested case hearing. During this hearing DEQ asked the judge to uphold the formal enforcement action assessing civil penalties for violations of state laws regarding drywells, hazardous waste management, waste tire storage, the discharge of air contaminants and for failing to meet deadlines in the cleanup order DEQ issued. DEQ also asked the judge to issue a final order requiring corrective actions at the NW Metals site, including managing tires and stormwater in accordance with state laws, closing out the drywells in order to protect groundwater in the area, submitting an application for an air quality permit and complying with DEQ’s cleanup order.
On Aug. 29, DEQ received a decision from the Administrative Law Judge upholding DEQ’s violations. NW Metals has appealed the decision to the Environmental Quality Commission. DEQ continues to monitor activities at the site.