DEQ issues 20 penalties in May for environmental violations


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 20 penalties totaling $926,206 in May for various environmental violations. No penalties were issued to businesses based in Lincoln County.

Fines ranged from $975 to $611,403. Alleged violations included operating a solid waste disposal site without a permit, improper hazardous waste storage, and emitting more pollution than is allowed by the facility’s air quality permit.

A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://go.usa.gov/xEQJn.

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.

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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