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Note: These enforcement actions by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality occurred before the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the department’s service on approximately March 16. DEQ is committed to balancing its vital obligation to enforce the law and protect the environment with a consideration of the dramatic disruptions to public health and the economy caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. DEQ will continue to exercise reasonable enforcement discretion within its authority when issuing civil penalties. In addition, DEQ recognizes that the outbreak may affect the ability to comply with corrective actions or pay a civil penalty. Visit our webpage https://ordeq.org/COVID19 for more information about DEQ’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 28 penalties totaling $571,755 in February and March for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn .

Fines ranged from $415 to $84,623 in February and March. Alleged violations included improper labeling and transporting of hazardous wastes, failing to follow erosion and stormwater plans and failing to address groundwater contamination.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations and individuals:

• 20/10 Products, Inc., $14,008, Salem, stormwater
• Apex Anodizing, Inc., $7,834, Portland, air quality
• Biggs Service District, $1,950, Moro, water quality
• Black Rock Fuel, Inc., $12,000, Portland, underground fuel storage tank
• Blane Investment, LLC, $25,600, Portland, asbestos
• Carco Industries, Inc., $7,692, Tualatin, stormwater
• City of Coquille, $3,600, Coquille, water quality
• Cosner, Roger, $30,600, Milton-Freewater, solid waste
• Crater Sand and Gravel, $14,787, Central Point, stormwater
• Creekside DKV, LLC, $84,623, Dallas, stormwater
• David Kerns Construction, $10,831, Dallas, water quality
• Drain-Pro, Inc. $9,681, Saint Helens, stormwater
• GeoDesign, Inc., $3,600, Canby, heating oil tank
• Glide-Idleyld Sanitary District, $1,950, Glide, water quality
• Hattig, Robert, $16,000 Forest Grove, asbestos
• Herz Precision Parts, LLC, $11,614, Wood Village, water quality
• L&T Woods, Inc., $415, Portland, air quality
• Mondelez Global, LLC, $11,465, Salem, stormwater
• Owens-Brockway Glass Container, Inc., $15,600, Portland, air quality
• Pacific Coast Fruit Company, $9,254, Portland, stormwater
• Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, $79,611, Biggs Junction, underground fuel storage tank
• Rose Agri-Seed, Inc., doing business as Pure Seed, $22,500, Canby, hazardous waste
• RPH-Coverage, Inc., $9,774, Portland, underground fuel storage tank
• Selmet, Inc., $70,200, Albany, hazardous waste
• Speedway Auto Parts, $5,600, Central Point, hazardous waste
• Speliotopoulos, Arsinoe and George Hudson, $16,800, Portland, asbestos
• The Hills of Depoe Bay, LP, $65,262, Depoe Bay, stormwater
• Tualatin Sleep, LLC, $8,904, Tualatin, 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: Dylan Darling, public affairs specialist, 541-686-7997, darling.dylan@deq.state.or.us.

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