Shady Cove, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Rick Williams and Kim Powell $4,687 for failing to clean up an illegal dump and buried waste on their Shady Cove property.
In January, DEQ fined the pair $11,401 for disposing of solid waste at an unpermitted location at a property off Indian Creek Road. The pair had collected and stored about 450 cubic yards of household waste, discarded appliances, vehicle parts, furniture, tires and other waste on the property. They had also used a backhoe to bury an additional 128 cubic yard of the waste in a location about 700 feet uphill from Indian Creek.
DEQ's previous order required the pair to remove the waste buried on the property by April 30 and remove all waste by July 1. To date DEQ hasn't received documentation that any waste has been removed and properly disposed of or recycled.
Illegal dumps can pollute ground and surface water. Such dumps can also threaten human health by attracting insects and rodents.
Williams and Powell may face additional penalties if they fail to remove the waste. They have until Sept. 19 to appeal the latest penalty.
View the enforcement letter at: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/091317shady.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org