As part of ongoing federal and state efforts to restore Puget Sound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced enforcement actions against four Seattle-area companies, including Special Interest Auto Works Inc. of Kent, for discharging industrial stormwater to Puget Sound waterways in violation of the Clean Water Act. 

The local auto wrecking and recycling facility released industrial stormwater into the Green River, without a permit from 2008 to 2012. Pollutants in the facility’s stormwater included high levels of petroleum, zinc, copper and lead.

When the company declined to settle the case, EPA issued a unilateral complaint seeking a penalty up to $177,500.