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Oregon recycler Metal Movers faces environmental fines

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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.

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