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Certain companies got their hands more than slapped….

DEQ issues 11 penalties in April for environmental violations

May 2022

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 11 penalties totaling $115,648 in April for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://ordeq.org/enforcement.

Fines ranged from $2,025 to $36,000. Alleged violations included a city discharging untreated sewage to Rock Creek, a truck spilling 25 gallons of diesel into Hedges Creek, and a developer illegally open burning construction materials, plastic and other garbage.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:

  • Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning Corp., $2,200, Portland, asbestos
  • Alpha 3 LLC, 1800 Cordon Rd LLC, and Sides, Charles; $5,309, Salem, open burning
  • Arnold J. Thomas & Son, Inc. dba Thomas & Son Distributors, $36,000, Tualatin, emergency response
  • Banyan Tree Investments, LLC, $7,200, Portland, asbestos
  • City of Vernonia, $7,800, Vernonia, water quality
  • Farm Power Tillamook LLC, $20,369, Tillamook, air quality
  • Multnomah County, $3,211, Portland, asbestos
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, $3,900, Dodson, water quality
  • Traeger Pellet Grills LLC, $8,434, Redmond, air quality
  • Westport Service District Sewage Treatment Plant, $2,025, Westport, water quality
  • Zien Phan, $19,200, Portland, asbestos

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. Learn more about these projects at https://ordeq.org/sep.

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.

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