According to the Department of Ecology, “The penalty is for violations resulting from the upset to Cosmo’s wastewater treatment system. Cosmo paid the penalty on 6/21/16. As a follow-up, Cosmo submit an updated treatment system operating plan on 8/9/16. The updated plan contained measures to respond and reduce the effects of future upsets.”
The Washington Department of Ecology released their report of penalties issued between April and June of this year, totaling $276, 530 in penalties of $1,000 or more. Included in this was a $7,000 to Cosmo Specialty Fibers.
In a list of the violations and penalties, they say that Cosmo “Discharged excessive levels of suspended solids and failed to meet oxygen demand in stormwater, violating water quality permit” in early June.
In their release, DOE said that they work with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Penalties may be issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.
The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings. Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.