Gordon Trucking violated stormwater permit, state says

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $4,494 penalty to Gordon Trucking Inc. for stormwater permit violations at its facility at 15628 S.E. 102nd Ave. in Clackamas.

DEQ alleged that the company failed to conduct the required stormwater monitoring for pollutants that can potentially cause harm to rivers and streams. DEQ requires the company to sample, analyze and report on its stormwater discharges to ensure that discharges meet the water-quality benchmarks in its stormwater permit.

Kieran O’Donnell, DEQ law specialist, received an appeal that contained no reasons for contesting the fines, but he noted that Gordon Trucking will have the opportunity to build their case in the next couple of weeks before a formal hearing.

"The first step is an informal meeting to sit down and answer any questions they might have and hear their side of the story," O’Donnell said.

DEQ enforces environmental laws to protect people’s health and to keep air, land and water clean and healthy. Compliance and enforcement efforts help level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over their environmentally compliant competitors. Stormwater monitoring information is essential to DEQ’s evaluation of the effectiveness of the company’s practices to prevent environmental harm.

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