Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 22 penalties totaling $1,704,466 in January for various environmental violations. This includes a $1,296,885 penalty to Hydro Extrusion USA LLC for multiple air quality permit violations at its aluminum recycling facility in The Dalles. More information on the Hydro penalty is provided here: https://go.usa.gov/xd8bV.
A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.
Fines ranged from $2,003 to $1,296,885. Alleged violations included failing to comply with air quality permit conditions, installing a septic system without a license, improper management of hazardous waste and discharging untreated wastewater into local waterways.
DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations and individuals:
• 205 Auto Salvage, $14,872, Portland, stormwater
• Alpine Plumbing and Mechanical LLC, $9,000, The Dalles, wastewater
• Auto Truck Transport USA LLC, $13,646, Portland, stormwater
• Basco Logging, Inc., $58,378, Winchester, water quality
• Best Septic, Inc., $2,700, Eugene, water quality
• Central Service Inc., $3,150, Philomath, underground storage tanks
• City of Haines, $6,750, Haines, wastewater
• Collins Products LLC, $150,000, Klamath Falls, air quality
• GMT Corporation, $25,418, Junction City, stormwater
• Goshen, Inc., $14,601, Junction City, stormwater
• Hydro Extrusion USA, LLC, $1,296,885, The Dalles, air quality
• Krome Transportation Services, LLC, $4,000, Arlington, emergency response
• Lane County Central Receiving Station CRS, $2,452, Eugene, stormwater
• LKQ Foster Auto Parts, Inc., $5,400, Boring, hazardous waste
• LTM Incorporated, $18,000, North Bend, stormwater
• O’Bryan Market LLC, $2,003, North Bend, underground storage tanks
• Owens-Brockway Glass Company, Inc., $46,800, Portland, air quality
• Sheldon Petroleum Services, LLC, $8,400, Hood River, underground storage tanks
• Summit Excavation, LLC, $3,769, Dallesport, water quality
• Terry’s Diesel Repair, Inc., $9,782, Portland, stormwater
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.
Media contact: Lauren Wirtis, public affairs specialist, 503-229-6488, firstname.lastname@example.org