Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 21 penalties totaling $292,752 in May for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.
Fines ranged from $1,700 to $48,683. Alleged violations included failing to control sediment runoff from construction sites, failing to properly maintain and monitor underground storage tanks, submitting required documentation late, polluting waters of the state, exceeding air quality emissions standards, conducting unlicensed asbestos abatement and more.
DEQ issued civil penalties against the following organizations and individuals:
• Arcadia Environmental, Inc., $28,875, Toledo (air quality)
• Architectural Millwork MFG Co., $10,634, Eugene (water quality)
• Carestream Health Inc., $19,512, White City (air quality)
• City of Corvallis, $6,600 (water quality)
• Coastal Construction & Concrete LLC., $28,275, Coos Bay (air quality)
• Coil Inc., $8,400, Brookings (land quality)
• Copeland Paving Inc., $4,800, Murphy (air quality)
• Daljit Singh, doing business as Keizer Food Market, LLC., $4,024, Keizer (land quality)
• Ekstrom & Schmidt Nursery, LLC, $3,896, Boring (air quality)
• Fitch Development, $3,600, Tillamook (water quality)
• Jian Lu Xu and Hui Huang Wen, $14,400, Tigard (water quality)
• Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co., $32,482, Milton-Freewater (water quality)
• Oak Lodge Water Services District, $7,800, Milwaukie (water quality)
• Pioneer Asphalt, $3,200, Hermiston (air quality)
• Rainbow Acres Quarry, LLC, $31,573, Blue River (water quality)
• Rusty Taylor, $21,519, Girabaldi (land quality)
• TI Harvard, $1,075, Roseburg (land quality)
• Triplett Wellman Inc., $12,000, Saint Helens (water quality)
• Two Rivers Correctional Institution, $1,700, Umatilla (air quality)
• Union County – La Grande Union County Rappel Base, $48,683 (water quality)
• West Hills Land Development, $3,600, Beaverton (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.
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: Katherine Benenati, public affairs specialist, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org