Civil penalty of $32,000 against Eugene-based Pacific Recycling

Pollution Update 3-5-15

Pacific Recycling has been fined yet again for environmental violations, this time involving asbestos. (For a listing of past appearances in this space go to The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assessed a civil penalty of $32,000 against Eugene-based Pacific Recycling on February 3 for asbestos violations associated with an abatement project at a facility in Independence, Oregon, owned by CPM Development Corporation. DEQ assessed a separate penalty of $10,400 against CPM. In assessing the penalties, DEQ indicated that workers, neighbors and the public may have been exposed to asbestos and that there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos. Comments on the proposed water quality certification for the Jordan Cove Energy Project are due to DEQ by 5 pm on Friday, March 13. The application is not available on DEQ’s website and requires a visit to a DEQ office for viewing. Visit for more info. A panel at PIELC on Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline water quality impacts will take place Friday morning at 8:45 am in EMU’s Maple Room.