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Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued nine penalties totaling $100,704 in August for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.

Fines ranged from $1,050 to $41,399. Alleged violations included failure to provide proper documentation for underground storage tanks, inadequate soil and erosion controls during construction and operating a gasoline dispensing facility without an air quality permit.

DEQ issued civil penalties against the following organizations and individuals:

• 9 Wood, Inc., $9,300, Springfield (hazardous waste)
• B & K Auto Salvage, Inc., $9,258, La Grande (hazardous waste)
• Colvin Oil I, Inc., $3,525, Portland (underground storage tanks)
• Carco Industries, Inc., $6,300, Brookings (underground storage tanks)
• Gresham Oil, LLC, $1,050, Gresham (air quality)
• HY-MT Rock, LLC, $18,765, Canyonville (stormwater)
• Lester & Alice Henion Trust, $2,550, Lebanon (air quality)
• Lombard 2001, LLC, $1,748, Portland (underground storage tanks)
• Proffutt Limited Partnership, $41,399, Boardman (water quality source control)
• Vision International Petroleum, Inc., $10,334, Portland (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.

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: Lauren Wirtis, DEQ public affairs, 503-229-6488, wirtis.lauren@deq.state.or.us

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