Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 17 penalties totaling $308,162 in December for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.
Fines ranged from $2,800 to $49,979. Alleged violations included operating a waste disposal site without a permit, failing to control erosion and sediment runoff from construction sites and discharging partially treated wastewater into local waterways.
DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations and individuals:
• Arnprior Aerospace Portland, Inc., $7,793, Portland, stormwater
• Carl Zeiss Vision, $8,800, Clackamas, stormwater
• City of Portland, $40,200, Portland, wastewater
• Coresky Maritime S. A. Panama, $3,600 , Portland, ballast water
• Georgia-Pacific Toledo LLC, $27,106, Toledo, wastewater
• J. Davidson & Sons Construction Co., Inc., $2,800, Medford, air quality
• Josephine County - Kerby Landfill, $3,600, Kerby, solid waste
• Lamb Weston, Inc., $6,800, Hermiston, wastewater
• Lamb Weston, Inc., $10,000, Hermiston, wastewater
• Lennar Northwest, Inc., $23,569, Portland, stormwater
• Mel-Mic Enterprises, Inc., $49,979, Woodburn, multiple violations
• Obluda, Lavender Moss and Thatcher, Bret Byron, $44,913, Merlin, solid waste
• Rondys Inc., $28,920, Newport, stormwater
• Shields, Michael, $18,000, La Pine, solid waste
• T.T. & L. Sheet Metal, $3,426, Beaverton, stormwater
• US Metal Works, $9,853, Sandy, stormwater
• West Hills Land Development, LLC., $18,803, Wilsonville, 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: Laura Gleim, public affairs specialist, 503-577-3697, firstname.lastname@example.org