The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a fine of $13,023 to SolarWorld for improperly transporting hazardous waste, according to an Aug. 29 DEQ release.
In 2010 and 2011, SolarWorld transported waste without a manifest, according to a letter sent to the Hillsboro manufacturing company in July. The DEQ also found violations in the storage of hazardous waste containers, including improperly labeled containers, inadequate space between containers and a failure to post emergency procedures, according to the letter.
Susan Elworth, an environmental law specialist at the DEQ, said the hazardous material was anywhere from 60 to 100 percent isopropyl alcohol, which is extremely flammable. Anything over 24 percent alcohol is considered hazardous by the DEQ, Elworth said.
SolarWorld is in the midst of a trade violation case before the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging product dumping by Chinese competitors. The manufacturing plant has cut around 500 employees from its workforce in the last several months, claiming Chinese interference has damaged the domestic market.
SolarWorld spokesperson Ben Santarris did not return request for comment by the Tribune's press deadline.