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Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 16 penalties totaling $183,080 in July for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.

Fines ranged from $825 to $31,527. Alleged violations included failing to control sediment runoff from construction sites, failing to hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to safely remove asbestos during a home renovation, and failing to test and monitor an underground fuel storage tank for potential leaks.

DEQ issued civil penalties against the following organizations and individuals:

• Baker Creek Development, LLC, 17,259, McMinnville (stormwater)
• Biggs Petroleum LLC, $31,527, Rufus (stormwater)
• Black Rock Fuel, Inc., $3,525, Portland (underground storage tanks)
• Carco Industries, Inc., $5,600, Tualatin (stormwater)
• Carl Budd Hoffman, $28,800, Portland (solid waste)
• Caroline Hulse Bessonette, $20,135, Central Point (underground storage tanks)
• Cascade Investment and Management Group, LLC, $5,232, Redmond (on-site wastewater)
• Central Coast Excavating, Inc., $3,000, Newport (underground storage tanks)
• City of Sweet Home, $825, Sweet Home (wastewater)
• Humbert Asphalt, Inc., $4,400, Milton-Freewater (air quality)
• Migizi Group, inc., $3,600 , Newport (underground storage tanks)
• Pacific Recycling Inc., $11,200, Eugene (stormwater)
• RJW & Sons, Inc., $5,669, Albany (underground storage tanks)
• Scott and Terry Parker, $14,800, La Grande (asbestos)
• Tyler Rolen, aka Thompson Creek Road Grading and Excavation, $3,036, Applegate (stormwater)
• Wood Waste Management, LLC $24,472, Portland (solid waste)

Organizations or individuals must either pay the fines or file an appeal within 20 days of receiving notice of the penalty. They may be able to offset a portion of a penalty by funding a supplemental environmental project that improves Oregon’s environment.

Penalties may also include orders requiring specific tasks to prevent ongoing violations or additional environmental harm.

DEQ works with thousands of organizations and individuals to help them comply with laws that protect Oregon’s air, land and water. DEQ uses education, technical assistance, warnings and penalties to change behavior and deter future violations.

Contact: Laura Gleim, DEQ public affairs specialist, 541-633-2030, gleim.laura@deq.state.or.us

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