State of Oregon

09/28/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2023 08:29

DEQ issues 19 penalties in August for environmental violations

DEQ issues 19 penalties in August for environmental violations

September 28, 2023
Statewide, OR-The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 19 penalties totaling $218,576 in August for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at .

Fines ranged from $600 to $31,550. Alleged violations included a city discharging untreated sewage into the Columbia River; a sand and gravel company causing stormwater pollution in a creek; and a gas company submitting inaccurate greenhouse gas emissions data.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations and individuals:
• Alliance Pacific Northwest Builders LLC, Portland, $23,271, stormwater
• Associated Petroleum Products, statewide, $7,200, greenhouse gas
• City of Haines, Haines, $5,814, wastewater
• City of Junction City, Junction City, $3,250, wastewater
• City of Powers, Powers, $4,600, wastewater
• City of Rainier, Rainier, $31,550, wastewater
• Eagle Landing Resources LLC, Happy Valley, $2,850, stormwater
• Hattenhauer Distributing Co., The Dalles, $12,800, greenhouse gas
• Microchip Technology Inc., Gresham, $5,541, hazardous waste
• Morse Bros. Inc. dba Knife River NW, Stayton, $5,200, stormwater
• Nehalem Bay Ready Mix Mohler Sand and Gravel, Nehalem, $28,216, stormwater
• Pacific Seafood - Brookings, Harbor, $28,000, wastewater
• Petrogas Inc., statewide, $13,200, greenhouse gas
• Silver Eagle Manufacturing, Portland, $6,854, stormwater
• Stimson Lumber Company, Clatskanie, $5,200, wastewater
• Todd Wayne McCloskey, Brookings, $10,441, solid waste
• Valley View Mobile Estates LLC, Coquille, $600, wastewater
• Venture Properties Inc., Wilsonville, $11,989, stormwater
• Western Royal Inn, Tillamook, $12,000, water quality

Organizations or individuals must either pay the fines to the state treasury 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 .

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, 541-600-6119, [email protected].


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