Oregon C&D recycler faces permitting penalty

Oregon C&D recycler faces permitting penalty

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 20 penalties totaling $926,206 in May for various environmental violations, including a $611,403 fine against C&D debris recycling company, Columbia Northwest Recycling Inc.

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Oregon regulators levied environmental fines against 20 companies, including a $611,000 penalty against a C&D debris recycling company, reports Resource Recycling.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on June 17 announced penalties for alleged waste, air pollution and water pollution violations.

According to a DEQ release, fines ranged from $975 to $611,403. Alleged violations included operating a solid waste disposal site without a permit, improper hazardous waste storage and emitting more pollution than is allowed by the facility’s air quality permit.

The largest fine went to Columbia Northwest Recycling Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon, doing business as Construction Materials Recycling, which DEQ claims ran a solid waste disposal site without a permit. According to a DEQ notice of violation and order, the fine relates to storage of thousands of tons of contaminated glass and asphalt shingle waste at a site in Cornelius, Oregon, about 20 miles west of Portland.

In January, the department issued a $1.3 million fine against an aluminum recycling company, Hydro Extrusion USA, which is owned by Norway-based Norsk Hydro. That was the largest air quality penalty ever issued by DEQ and second largest penalty overall.