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Pollution Update 8-14-14

Oregon DEQ followed up on the pre-enforcement notice it sent to Keven Cruickshank in June for operating a failing septic system since at least February at 82855 N. Butte Road in Creswell (EW 7/10, goo.gl/KbsSuw) with a $9,305 civil penalty on July 31. DEQ also assessed a $4,707 penalty against Albany-based Dave Hunter Company on Aug. 4 for hazardous waste law violations at its industrial machine shop in Albany. The company was cited for illegally treating hazardous chrome plating waste, including allowing hazardous fumes to enter the air, posing a risk to employees in contact with the fumes. The company has modified its practices since the time of the violations, and DEQ took the modifications into consideration in determining the amount of the penalty.