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Floor wax stripper allegedly kills fish in Beaverton Creek

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined a Portland cleaning contractor $11,200 for allowing wastewater to pollute Beaverton Creek.

DEQ issued the penalty to Best Building Maintenance and Carpet Care Inc. for dumping wastewaster from a floor cleaning operation into a stormwater catch basin. The wastewater, which included wax stripper, turned the creek milky-white and killed several fish, according to the DEQ.

The stormwater catch basin drains to the creek and a pond in Little Peoples’ Park.