The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an $8,800 penalty to Central Coast Ready Mix Inc., Lincoln City, Ore., for discharging wastes, including concrete washwater, from its concrete batch plant into Baldy Creek and into a drainage ditch that connects to the creek in Lincoln City, Ore.
According to a DEQ release, Central Coast Ready Mix operates under a DEQ-assigned Water Pollution Control Facilities permit, which allows the company to operate a wastewater control system at its Lincoln City batch plant within specified limits and requirements.
The release notes that a DEQ inspector informed Central Coast Ready Mix in February 2010 that discharge of any process wastewater into the nearby drainage ditch or from the facility to Baldy Creek is a permit violation. The current violation was observed by the inspector and an Oregon State Police officer on Sept. 1, 2011.
In addition to the $8,800 penalty, Central Coast Ready Mix was cited but not penalized for the following violations:
- Failure to keep monitoring records as required by the permit; and
- Failure to submit written correspondence to DEQ about non-compliance with the permit.
- The discharge of wastes, including concrete washwater, truck wash and other process wastewater to Oregon’s rivers, lakes and streams is a violation of Oregon law.
The Oregon DEQ adds that the discharges can damage aquatic species and their habitat, and reduce the safety of public waters for public use.
Central Coast Ready Mix appealed the penalty on Jan. 23, 2012.