Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 13 penalties totaling $111,157 in July for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://ordeq.org/enforcement
Fines ranged from $850 to $39,800. Alleged violations included a company performing sewage disposal service without a current license, a seafood company failing to monitor wastewater for pollutants and an individual establishing and operating a waste tire storage site without a permit.
DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:
• City of Salem, $850, Salem, underground storage tanks
• Daniel and Lisa Parkins, $4,180, Eagle Creek, stormwater
• HamCon Builders LLC, $1,950, White City, hazardous waste
• JW Rock LLC, $5,600, Tillamook, stormwater
• North West Septic LLC, $3,000, Astoria, onsite wastewater
• Pacific Shellfish - Tillamook LLC, $7,107, Bay City, water quality
• Patricia Davis, $10,858, O'Brien, solid waste
• Quantum Assets & Consulting LLC, $2,200, Portland, asbestos
• River City Environmental Inc., $2,400, Tualatin, underground storage tanks
• Rory White, $39,800, Medford, solid waste
• Roseburg Forest Products Co., $4,000, Dillard, water quality
• Selmet Inc. $5,614, Albany, air quality
• Zenith EnergyTerminals Holdings LLC, $23,598, Portland, water quality
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. Learn more about these projects at https://ordeq.org/sep
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.
Dylan Darling, public affairs specialist, 541-600-6119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Flynt, public affairs officer, 503-730-5924, email@example.com
Note: 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 pandemic. DEQ will continue to exercise reasonable enforcement discretion within its authority when issuing civil penalties. In addition, DEQ recognizes the pandemic 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 COVID-19.