The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it had a settled with Manke Lumber Company, a family-owned business with locations across the South Sound, that resolves all alleged violations.
In July and September of 2014, inspection of Manke’s Hylebos Waterway facility revealed water discharges prohibited under the Washington Department of Ecology’s Industrial Stormwater General Permit, as well as violations of the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures regulations.
Yesterday, the company agreed to pay a $320,000 penalty and build a treatment system to address ongoing water quality violations. Additionally, Manke will invest in a Supplementary Environmental Project, allowing for approximately 38 acres of undeveloped land to be permanently set aside for conservation and recreational purposes.
“This settlement means less stormwater pollution and more salmon habitat for Puget Sound,” EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick said in a statement. “By upgrading & improving their stormwater controls and restoring habitat, Manke is investing in the future. Reducing stormwater pollution furthers our work to protect and restore Puget Sound.”
Wastewater from lumber grounds can be harmful to species like salmon because it usually contains high pH, wood debris, oils, and solids, which settle and form unnatural and problematic sediment deposits.
This settlement between the EPA and Manke is the latest in a series of actions taken by EPA Region 10 to address stormwater violations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
A representative from Manke was unavailable for comment at press time.