Environmental penalties for first quarter 2020

OLYMPIA WA (5/12/2020) – The Washington Department of Ecology issued $1,035,200 in penalties of $1,000 or more January through March 2020. A detailed list of the violations and resulting penalties is available online.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Ecology issues penalties in cases where non-compliance continues after providing warnings or technical assistance, or for particularly serious violations.

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings. Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.

Ecology strives to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and promote wise management for current and future generations. When someone pollutes Washington’s land, air or waters, Ecology enforces state and federal regulations in hopes of changing behavior and deterring future violations.

Contact: Larry Altose, communications, 360-407-6239, @ecologyWA