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Statewide, OR—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 outbreak. DEQ will continue to exercise reasonable enforcement discretion within its authority when issuing civil penalties. In addition, DEQ recognizes that the outbreak 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 the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 10 penalties totaling $170,682 in July for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.

Fines ranged from $1,898 to $36,238. Alleged violations included operating a diesel storage tank without the proper permit, allowing cloudy stormwater into a creek and conducting unlicensed asbestos abatement.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:
• AZH Painting, Inc., dba Ace Building Maintenance, $25,600, Gresham, asbestos
• High Desert Aggregate & Paving, Inc., $20,325, La Grande, air quality
• Hitner Investments, LLC, $36,238, Myrtle Point, stormwater
• Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, $25,582, Portland, diesel tank
• Space Age Fuels, Inc., $1,898, Portland, gasoline tanks
• Thabet Management, Inc., $7,800, Oakland, gasoline tanks
• Thabet Management, Inc., $18,839, Eugene, fuel tanks
• Thompson's Transfer and Disposal Inc., $8,400, Newport, solid waste
• World Class Technology Corporation, $7,800, McMinnville, hazardous waste
• Yagnapurush Investments, LLC, $18,200, Lincoln City, asbestos

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: Dylan Darling, public affairs specialist, 541-686-7997, dylan.darling@deq.state.or.us

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