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St. Helens gravel company issued citation by DEQ

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $9,890 water quality violation against Eagle Star Rock Products in St. Helens, for discharging turbid water from its facility at 35365 Hankey Road into Milton Creek in early March, a press release from DEQ states.

Documents from DEQ indicate that staff from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries observed deposits of clay, silt and other sediments from the Eagle Star facility outside the company’s permitted site in a riparian buffer near Milton Creek. Such sediments “can degrade water quality and may harm aquatic life,” the release adds. DEQ also issued a citation for violating a condition of its water quality permit without penalty.

Eagle Star Rock Products has until Aug. 8 to file an appeal.