The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Tacoma Industrial Properties  $20,000 for an unpermitted barge deconstruction on its property along Taylor Road in Tacoma, and Port Orchard contractor RV Associates $4,800 for spilling oil to the Hylebos Waterway as a result of deconstructing the barge.

Last June, TIP hired RV Associates to drag the barge onto land owned by TIP and deconstruct it. As RV Associates demolished the barge, about 25 gallons of oil were released into the Hylebos Waterway, causing a visible oil sheen that covered about 1 million square feet.

The derelict vessel, known as the Hauff Barge, had been situated adjacent to the TIP property for many years.

“When permits are authorized, companies are required to handle and dispose of all pollutants – including demolition debris that occurs on site – in a manner that does not cause contamination,” said Greg Zentner, Ecology’s Water Quality Program southwest section manager. “This vessel demolition activity obviously was not conducted in an appropriate manner, as evidenced by the release of oil to the waterway, shoreline and ground.”

TIP had attained the necessary permits to demolish an old concrete grain storage facility on the site, crush the concrete and use it as base fill for a large paved parking area. The permits did not authorize work to dismantle the barge.