Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) penalized a timber products company in Warren for failing to monitor storm water that discharges to a ditch that leads to Scappoose Bay.
A log yard in Warren owned by Washington-based McFarland Cascade Holdings, Inc. was issued a civil penalty of $9,063 from DEQ. The agency issued a notice that alleged the company committed serious violations when it failed to monitor storm water discharges for copper, lead, zinc, oil, grease and other contaminants twice in 2016.
According to the notice, the company rejected an offer to settle the violations for $1,600 in October of 2017 before DEQ referred the case for enforcement action, stating that information submitted by McFarland Cascade Holdings, Inc. did not meet storm water permit criteria. DEQ also said the company had not done necessary evaluations related to storm water discharges.
“Specifically, you have not evaluated the facility’s potential to discharge by calculating the retention capacity or infiltration rates of the vegetated ditches,” the notice read. “In addition, you have not documented, with photographs or other inspection records, the site’s potential to discharge under various weather conditions.”
According to DEQ, a Discharge Monitoring Report that was submitted to DEQ by McFarland stated that there was “no discharge” to the ditch connected to Scappoose Bay for two missed samples between July and December of 2016. DEQ said the submission did not include supporting data regarding a lack of monitoring.