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Tualatin's Pacific Foods hit with DEQ fine

Pacific Foods of Oregon Inc., a Tualatin-based producer of boxed and canned goods, faces a $17,400 fine over impacts to a local wetland.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday that the company is being penalized for discharging soy milk and processed food wastewater into the Hedges Creek Wetland without a permit.

Both non-permitted discharges allegedly took place earlier this year. The DEQ said about 15 gallons of soy milk was discharged into the wetland in late January, while about 80 gallons of processed food wastewater were discharged in late April.

“The discharge of the wastewater through a stormwater system and directly into the wetland created a risk of harm to fish and other aquatic life,” a DEQ news release announcing the fine stated in part.

Pacific Foods is also required to submit a written plan for preventing future discharges into the wetland under the terms of the penalty announced by the DEQ.

The DEQ said the offending wastewater was discharged from Pacific Foods' processing facility at 19550 S.W. 97th Ave., Tualatin.

Pacific Foods has appealed the penalty, according to the news release.