Pontoon site cleanup includes $60,000 penalty

The company that made pontoons for the SR 520 bridge will pay for local failures.

According to the Department of Ecology, Kiewit General  has paid $60,000 and agreed to other terms as part of an agreement to settle an environmental penalty.

Ecology fined Kiewit General $90,000 in October 2015 for failing to “properly decommission 15 groundwater monitoring wells” at their Aberdeen construction site. They say this put local groundwater at risk of contamination.

“We take groundwater contamination threats seriously,” says Mike Gallagher, section manager for Ecology’s Water Resources program. “It’s unfortunate that Kiewit failed to take the proper steps to remove these wells, but we’re confident that moving forward the company’s employees will be trained to properly decommission wells.”

In addition to the $60,000 payment, Kiewit agreed to prepare internal educational materials and an environmental program manual addressing water and monitoring wells, and steps employees are to take if one is found during a construction project.

The company has one year to implement the changes to its training program.

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