Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 15 penalties totaling $357,954 in August for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://ordeq.org/enforcement.
Fines ranged from $563 to $134,734. Alleged violations included a performing asbestos abatement work without a license, establishing a solid waste site without a permit and failing to properly test monitoring equipment for underground storage tanks.
DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:
• 4-R Equipment, LLC, $12,800, Philomath, wastewater
• Advanced Chemical Transport Inc. dba. ACTEnviro, $3,600, Tualatin, underground storage tanks
• Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc., $33,818, McMinnville, air quality
• City of La Grande, $46,504, La Grande, stormwater
• City of Warrenton Wastewater Treatment Plant, $563, Warrenton, wastewater
• Clements Enterprises LLC, $7,668, Phoenix, asbestos
• Dirt Doctor, LLC, $4,201, Phoenix, asbestos
• Discount Towing and Recovery LLC, $67,575, Salem, hazardous waste
• EP Minerals, LLC, $11,700, Vale, air quality
• Gilford's Floor Covering Inc., $14,800, Portland, asbestos
• Higgins' Petroleum, Inc., $775, Eugene, underground storage tanks
• Jason Richard Bicknell & Nicole Rae Bullock, $1,871, Trail, solid waste
• John Hyland Construction Inc., $134,734, Eugene, stormwater
• Kohler Meyers & O'Halloran, Inc., $3,880, Portland, asbestos
• Lane County, $13,465, Eugene, underground storage tanks
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.
Lauren Wirtis, public affairs specialist, 503-568-3295, 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.