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Pollution Update 2016-11-17

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent the Walmart Supercenters in Eugene and Newport warning letters for hazardous waste law violations on Sept. 29. Both facilities generate between 220 pounds and 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste per month, and the violations were discovered by DEQ during unannounced inspections. DEQ cited both facilities for failure to retain hazardous waste reports, failure to provide emergency responders with up-to-date contingency plans, failure to conduct weekly inspections of waste and failure to post emergency information. DEQ also cited the Eugene Walmart for failure to clean up an oil spill. Thank you to DEQ’s Christina Humphries and Denise Miller for their assistance in connecting us with these warning letters. DEQ fined McMenamins, Inc. $62,553 on Oct. 27 for Clean Water Act violations at McMenamins Edgefield. DEQ “discovered spent grains, yeast, hops and fruit residue in catch basins and a surface drain” that drain to a creek, and also observed staff rinsing equipment into these catch basins. DEQ has ordered McMenamins to obtain an industrial stormwater permit for the facility. McMenamins has the option of completing an environmental improvement project in lieu of paying part of the penalty.