DEQ fines man for solid waste violations

Coos Bay, OR (9/25/2017) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Willy Joe Jenkins $25,393 for illegally disposing of household garbage, used appliances, demolition debris, tires and other waste at his property off Seven Devils Road in Coos County.

DEQ inspectors found about 250 cubic yards of waste on the property, which is not permitted to accept waste.

Of the penalty, $24,393 represents the economic benefit Jenkins gained by failing to remove the waste and dispose of it at a permitted facility.

It is illegal to dispose of solid waste anywhere except at a permitted disposal facility. Illegal dumps can pollute ground and surface water. Such dumps can also threaten human health by attracting insects and rodents.

Jenkins has until Oct. 7 to appeal the penalty.

View the enforcement letter:

Contact: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997,