Buckley business fined by Department of Ecology

Buckley Storage was fined $1,000 for violating environmental standards.

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A Buckley business made the list when the Washington Department of Ecology announced a list of 11 companies receiving fines of $1,000 or more for violating the state’s environmental standards.

The announcement covered the fourth quarter (September through December) of 2020.

Here’s the text from the Feb. 4 announcement by the state Department of Ecology:

“Construction stormwater inspection for Buckley Storage required corrections on 11/17/2020 noting an egregious turbid discharge to an unnamed surface water of the state, and infiltration of high pH water. While not hitting surface waters of the state, a turbid discharge is also noted on the 12/11/2020 inspection report and corrections required.”

The fine for the Buckley operation was $1,000.

Ten of the quarterly recipients were from Western Washington. There were two each from Pierce and Grays Harbor counties and one recipient from King, Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish, Stevens, Thurston and Whatcom counties.

A press release from the Department of Ecology noted that the agency “works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.”

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings. Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.


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