Pollution Update

VISCO warned for water and solid waste violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent VISCO, Inc., a warning letter on March 10 for Clean Water Act violations at its Awbrey Lane facility. DEQ inspected VISCO’s facility on Feb. 9 and observed that VISCO was failing to clean up sand blasting material, leaving it exposed to precipitation and therefore vulnerable to ending up in local waterways. DEQ also noted that VISCO was in violation of employee education and monitoring requirements of its Clean Water Act permit and warned VISCO for violating solid waste laws via unauthorized land disposal of waste sand blasting material.