OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology issued $210,100 in penalties of $1,000 or more from January through March 2019, including two businesses in Thurston County.
The penalties were released Friday in the departments summary of environmental penalties issued in the first quarter of 2019.
Steve Davis Excavating and Straight Line Construction, both out of Olympia, were issued $2,500 fines on January 14. The Department of Ecology said both businesses repeatedly allowed muddy stormwater to run off to sensitive wetlands from the Kaiserwood Subdivision development, violating construction stormwater permits. Ecology officials said the problem was caused by lack of flow control and stabilization. Both penalties have has been paid in full.
The Department of Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.
Funds collected through penalties 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," a Department of Ecology news release stated.
"When someone pollutes Washington’s land, air or waters, Ecology enforces state and federal regulations in hopes of changing behavior and deterring future violations."