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Scappoose men face water pollution charges

A Scappoose business owner and a local plumber face felony water pollution charges after investigators say a mixture of motor oil and water was pumped into Jackson Creek, which flows into the Columbia River, last October.

Richard Day, who owns Automobilia Quick Lube and Car Wash in Scappoose, will likely be arraigned May 6, said Columbia County District Attorney Stephen Atchison. Both he and his company have been indicted on charges of first-degree unlawful water pollution, a felony, and second-degree water pollution, a misdemeanor.

Day has also been indicted for failure to report an oil spill, a misdemeanor. Patrick Slevin, of plumbing company Plumb Crazy, faces first- and second- degree water pollution charges.

The two men could not be reached for comment.

On Oct. 19, 2012, Atchison said investigators found that the Automobilia building’s basement had flooded and a mixture of motor oil and water was pumped from the basement down the storm drain into Jackson Creek, and, Atchison said, “theoretically into the Columbia River.”

Because Day and Slevin had not been arraigned yet, Atchison would not give any further details about the case. The District Attorney’s Office is not pursuing any other charges against the men and believe the Oct. 19 pumping was an isolated incident.

“As far as we know, it was a one time deal,” Atchison said.