Agency alleges owner of Scappoose duplex operated without a waste water permit

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 20 fined a Scappoose duplex owner $6,898 for operating a septic system for about eight years with no permit.

Marilyn White, of Vancouver, Washington, was operating an on-site sewage treatment and disposal system without a permit at a duplex she owns on Branch Drive in Scappoose, the department said.

Oregon law requires permits to operate wastewater treatment systems. Permits establish conditions and practices for operators to follow, ensuring wastewater is properly treated.

“Human sewage is contaminated with disease-causing bacteria and viruses,” reads a press release from Oregon DEQ. “Sewage poses a public health hazard through either direct contact or through exposed animals or insects that can transmit disease to people living nearby.”

White first received a permit for the waste treatment system in 2001. Oregon DEQ sent her a letter in 2006 notifying her it was near expiration.

While White never applied to renew the permit, she continued to operate the system, the press release states.

Should White renew her permit before June 20, Oregon DEQ may reduce the fine.

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