The owner of Central Coast Ready Mix Concrete in Lincoln City has appealed a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) fine against his company after what DEQ said was illegal discharge of truck and concrete waste water from the plant area into Baldy Creek which flows down NE 23rd and eventually makes its way to the ocean. DEQ officials say such discharges, like the one last September 11th, contains chemicals harmful to the environment and aquatic life in the creek, including salmon.
DEQ officials say that Central Coast Ready Mix operates under a DEQ Water Pollution Control Facilities permit which allows the company to run a wastewater control system at its batch plant at 1548 23rd St but only within specified limits and requirements. DEQ said that one of their inspectors warned Ready Mix that discharge of any process wastewater into the nearby drainage ditch or from the facility to Baldy Creek would be a permit violation. DEQ says a DEQ inspector and an Oregon State Trooper observed an illegal wastewater discharge from the facility into the creek on September 1st of last year. DEQ levied a fine of $8,800 for the illegal discharge.
The report goes on to say that the company was not maintaining records required in their permit and that the company failed to submit written correspondence to DEQ about non-compliance with the permit.
Company owner, Dan Kauffman, has appealed the fine.
Kauffman ran afoul of the DEQ last year when DEQ fined him for improperly disposing of a huge pile of debris after he demolished several houses. DEQ said instead of ensuring the demolition debris was transferred to an appropriate landfill, Kauffman burned the piles at an unlicensed pit near the mouth of the Siletz River. Both he and his mother (she owned the pit) were fined and after negotiations the two paid a combined penalty of $10,250.