Ecology issues over $16,000 in penalties locally
The Washington Department of Ecology issued $283,166 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the third quarter of 2013. This includes over $16,000 to Grays Harbor.
Ecology issues individual news releases for penalties of $10,000 or greater. Locally, Albert Smith Well Drilling was issued 2 penalties, totaling $10,000, for failing to file well reports for multiple sites and for constructing a well without a permit. Fishing Vessel DARE II was issued a $6,200 penalty when crew members failed to deploy the anchor, and the vessel grounded and partially broke up near Ocean Shores, spilling diesel fuel and lube and hydraulic oil.
These penalties may be fully satisfied at this time or in the process of an appeal or settlement discussions.
Communities, families and businesses depend on clean air, land and water, and on reliable water supplies. Complying with our state’s and our nation’s laws helps assure this.
Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.
Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for; environmental restoration and enhancement, research and development, permitting and regulatory programs, or education and assistance.