PITTSBURGH The Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality said it has fined Metal
Movers LLC more than $17,000 for alleged environmental
violations at its metals recycling facility in Helix.
The Pendleton, Ore.-based
company has accrued a variety of hazardous and solid waste
violations, according to a statement from the department. The
company could not be reached for comment.
The state agency said that an
August 2012 inspection revealed the company had illegally
disposed of solid waste and failed to properly clean up oil and
automotive fluid spills.
In addition, contaminants
including oil, gas and lead battery residue were released into
the soil and hazardous waste containers were not properly
labeled, the agency said. The state agency said that a
follow-up visit three months later revealed that the situation
had not improved.
The department is seeking a payment of $17,231 from the
company and has ordered it to clean up all contaminated soil
and remove all solid waste from the yard. Metal Movers has
until May 9 to appeal.