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DEQ fines gas station for lack of air quality permit

The company that owns Walker Road Chevron is fined $1,234

   The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the owner of the Walker Road Chevron $1,234 for operating without an air quality permit.

Pacific Northwest Petroleum, Inc. owns the business at 18335 N.W. Walker Road, in Beaverton near the 185th Avenue intersection.

DEQ also cited the company, without penalty, for additional violations of Oregon air quality regulations:

• Failing to post a “no topping off” sign at the facility

• Failing to replace seals to the fill tube dust caps so that the vapor balance equipment is vapor tight and in good working order

• Failing to perform testing for leak rate, cracking pressure and static pressure performance

DEQ officials said they issued this penalty because operating without a permit is considered a serious violation.

Gasoline dispensing facilities are subject to permitting, testing and other requirements because gasoline vapors contain benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical. Controlling gasoline vapors reduces benzene exposures at and near gasoline dispensing facilities, and contributes to continuing compliance with federal ozone standards to protect the public's health and the environment.

In determining the penalty amount, the DEQ considered the company's efforts to apply for a permit once notified of the need to do so by DEQ. Pacific Northwest Petroleum has until Aug. 17 to appeal the penalty.

The enforcement letter is here: bit.ly/2aIoeYP