Provided by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
DEQ Issues $30,363 in Penalties to Newport Man for Continued Environmental Violations at King Salvage Wrecking Yard off Highway 20 between Newport and Toledo.
Robert Earl Mobley failed to heed previous order to remove waste tires and solid waste, and failed to clean up oil spills on property
|The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a total of $30,362.50 in penalties to Robert Earl Mobley, doing business as King Salvage Co., for continued environmental violations at his King Salvage auto wrecking and salvage facility at 109 King Place near Newport. This penalty comes about a year after DEQ had issued Mobley $32,396 in penalties for previous violations at the site. Mobley has failed to pay any of those 2009 penalties.DEQ issued the penalties because Mobley has continued to operate the business in violation of several environmental regulations. In May 2009, an administrative law judge had ordered Mobley to remove waste tires and other solid waste on the property. DEQ inspected the property on Aug. 27 and Dec. 1, 2009 and noted that Mobley failed to remove the tires and waste by the judge’s three-month and six-month deadlines. Mobley had also violated a 2006 state order to label and clearly mark containers storing used oil on the property.In addition to the $30,363 in new penalties, DEQ has issued Mobley a new order to:
· Remove and properly dispose of all solid waste, all but 100 waste tires, and all soils stained with oil or other automotive fluids on the property
· Properly label and cover or place in containers all used oil stored on the property
· Obtain an industrial stormwater discharge permit for stormwater that runs off the site.
Failure to comply with this latest order may result in additional penalties.
The latest penalties against Mobley and King Salvage are as follows:
· Violating the 2006 state order to properly manage used oil and remove and dispose of wastes as directed ($12,400 penalty)
· Failing to immediately clean up releases of used oil that left stains on the property ($10,000 penalty)
· Conducting industrial discharge activity (allowing stormwater to run off property) without a permit ($6,900 penalty)
· Open burning of prohibited materials (including painted and treated wood, wire insulation, fiberglass and auto parts) on the property ($1,062.50 penalty)
DEQ solid waste compliance and enforcement officials say the high penalties reflect the serious environmental damage at the site and Mobley’s failure to correct or mitigate previously documented violations.
The continued accumulation and storage of waste tires and solid waste at the site creates a risk of fire and may harbor pests that spread disease. Open burning of household trash, plastic and other waste materials creates a nuisance and poses a threat to the environment and public health of the young, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions. Burning these materials can result in toxic levels of chemical exposure to residents and others nearby. Uncontrolled stormwater runoff may contain toxic pollutants that can damage aquatic species and their habitat and reduce the safety of public waters for public use. Runoff from the King Salvage site generally enters a tributary of Beaver Creek, which is a known spawning location for salmon species.
Robert Mobley has until July 6 to appeal this latest penalty. After that date, the full penalty amount will be due.
DEQ issues $938 penalty to Robert Mobley’s wife for adjacent open burning violations
In a separate matter, DEQ has issued Lanetta Mobley, wife of Robert Mobley, a $938 penalty for the February 2010 open burning of prohibited materials at 80 King Place, adjacent to the King Salvage Co. site that is currently subject to $30,363 in penalties.
Lanetta Mobley’s penalty stems from a Feb. 22, 2010 observation by Oregon State Police of a smoke plume giving off a strong, noxious odor at the property, which Lanetta Mobley owns. According to state police, Lanetta Mobley told them she had started the fire and was burning garbage and clothing that day, and had burned other items the day before. Oregon law prohibits open burning of these materials.
DEQ issued the penalty because open burning of household trash, plastics and other waste materials creates a nuisance and poses a threat to the environment and public health of the young, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions. Lanetta Mobley had been warned on numerous previous occasions by both DEQ and the Toledo Fire Department that she should not burn household trash, plastics and other prohibited items.
Lanetta Mobley has until July 6 to appeal the penalty.