South Sound operations from Joint Base Lewis McChord to construction crews and a contractor working at the headquarters building for state Department of Ecology all drew financial penalties in the last three months of 2016 for environmental violations.
Washington’s agency charged with protecting the natural environment issued $380,900 in penalties of $1,000 or more. You can see the complete list at this link.
Local infractions included four instances of failure to comply with leak detection requirements, which cost the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis a combined $4,900 in fines. Four commercial builders operating in Gig Harbor and Tacoma drew penalties related to stormwater best management practices or discharge of muddy construction stormwater.
Lakewood-based Pease and Sons Inc. along with McKinstry of Seattle were both fined $1,000 for allowing a coolant leak to enter a stormwater pond, while installing a new heating and cooling system as the Ecology headquarters in Lacey.
The regulatory agency states that penalties issued, in most cases, come where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings.