DEQ issues 19 penalties in April for environmental violations

Portland OR (5/27/2021) – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 19 penalties totaling $290,652 in April for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.

Fines ranged from $1,500 to $74,484. Alleged violations included operating without an air quality permit, one company violating underground fuel storage tank rules at two facilities in the same city, and discharging raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:

ARS-Fresno, LLC, $1,500, Oregon City, air quality
Baker County, $8,400, Baker City, asbestos
Biggs Service District, $3,000, Wasco, stormwater
Bretthauer Oil Company, $27,253, Hillsboro, underground fuel storage tank
Bretthauer Oil Company, $25,725, Hillsboro, underground fuel storage tank
City of Astoria, $14,700, Astoria, wastewater
City of Dundee, $17,736, Dundee, water quality
City of Newport, $28,400, Newport, wastewater
City of Rainier, $7,200, Rainier, wastewater
DS Canby LLC, $1,500, Canby, air quality
Hydro Extrusion USA, LLC, $74,484, The Dalles, wastewater
Kamph John Fred & Vivian M, $16,800, McMinnville, stormwater
Lane County Public Works, $4,200, Oakridge, solid waste
Morgan Truck Body, LLC, $6,668, Salem, stormwater
Portland General Electric, $19,200, Estacada, water quality
Riverbend Landfill Co., $9,600, McMinnville, solid waste
Roseburg Forest Products Co., $10,800 Dillard, air quality
Sunriver Owners Association, $11,386, Sunriver, stormwater
Timothy Frederick O’Gara, $2,100, Oregon City, underground fuel storage tank

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. Read more about these projects here: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Regulations/Pages/SEP.aspx.

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: Lauren Wirtis, public affairs specialist, 503-568-3295, Lauren.Wirtis@deq.state.or.us

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