Westport, WA – The Washington Department of Ecology released their list of penalties $1,000 or more in the 3rd quarter of 2019, saying that issued $229,150 in penalties in total between July and September.
This included $2,000 locally.
Eight penalties across the state met the threshold for the release, highlighted by a $202,500 penalty to a Port Orchard company for clearing land without considering stormwater erosion that led to mud covering wetlands and streams.
Locally, Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc. was included in the list for an August penalty of $2,000 for untreated wastewater from a seafood processing plant that spilled into the Westport Marina area.
Ecology states that they work with thousands of businesses and individuals to assist, monitor, and ensure they comply with state laws.
Penalties are issued in cases where they say “non-compliance continues after providing warnings or technical assistance, or for particularly serious violations”.
Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts
Penalties for July through September 2019