As of Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Fourteen businesses were fined last week for failing to submit stormwater monitoring reports for three or more consecutive quarters, says the state’s Department of Ecology.
Two of the firms are from the Lower Valley, JM Eagle of Sunnyside and Powell Christensen of Grandview.
The state, under the Clean Water Act authority, requires many types of facilities to monitor, measure and submit reports about the stormwater runoff that leaves their properties.
The 14 companies were each fined $3,000. Money from the penalties will fund grants for environmental enhancement and restoration projects.
Tony Christensen is president of Powell Christensen, and he says the company was unaware it was out of compliance.
“We’re kind of surprised. To our knowledge there was no communication from the DOE,” said Christensen.
JM Eagle could not be reached for comment on its penalty.
As for Powell Christensen, the company’s president pledges the Grandview-based firm will learn from the oversight and do better in the future.
“Our compliance manager is looking into how that fell through the cracks and (is taking) corrective action,” says Christensen. “Now that we know, we’ll add it to the list of reports we submit to government agencies.”