The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is announcing fines that are being levied against companies in the Clatskanie area, including two substantial fines against Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products. On Monday, GP was fined $16,000 for air quality permit violations at the Wauna mill, saying that the facility had multiple particulate matter emission violations in January and April of this year. One week earlier, Georgia-Pacific had been fined $5,343 for stormwater violations at the same million. GP has until the 29th to appeal the stormwater fine, while the air pollution fines have to be appealed before the 31st.
The Stimson Lumber mill in Clatskanie was also hit with a penalty of nearly $5,000 for stormwater permit violations. DEQ says that the company failed to conduct required stormwater monitoring of materials that could potentially harm rivers and streams. The company is required to sample, analyze and report on its stormwater discharges, to ensure that they’re meeting water quality benchmarks that are spelled out in its permit. Stimson has until the 29th to appeal the penalty.