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Scappoose man fined for in-water boat work in Warrenton

Workers under direction of Donald Salvey, of Scappoose, observed sanding, grinding hull

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Donald Salvey of Scappoose $19,243 for discharging paint and paint chips to the Skipanon River at the Warrenton Marina last fall, a press release from the state agency stated Monday.

On Sept. 23, workers under the direction of Salvey were observed grinding and sanding paint from the hull of the vessel Henrietta W and painting the hull while the vessel was moored at the dock at 550 Northeast Harbor Place in Warrenton, the release states.

Paint chips and paint were observed in the water around the vessel. Workers were also observed cleaning paint from paint roller brushes in the Warrenton Marina mooring basin.

Discharging paint and paint chips into waters of the state poses a risk of harm to beneficial uses of the river, including recreation and aquatic life, DEQ stated in the release. The agency reported it is concerned about the adverse impact discharges of this kind could have on Oregon's water quality.

Of the penalty, $8,443 represents the economic benefit Salvey gained by failing to take the boat out of the water and put it in a dry dock for painting, DEQ reported.

Salvey appealed the penalty.