Sewage disposal company's license revoked
DEQ alleges A and S Septic did unpermitted work, illegally disposed of sewage
A Scappoose-based sewage disposal company had its license revoked by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
A & S Septic, owned by Pedro Alex Lopez, broke laws for onsite sewage disposal on "multiple occasions," according to the DEQ.
Lopez was issued a notice in May 2016 that his business's onsite sewage disposal service license and installer certification were being revoked.
Lopez appealed the revocation decision. Hearings were held in October and the revocation was finalized in December, after Lopez reportedly failed to appeal the order with the DEQ Commission within 30 days of a judge's decision.
"Your illegal disposal of sewage was a flagrant violation of Oregon environmental law that posed a significant threat to human health and the environment," a revocation letter sent to Lopez from the DEQ in May states. "Additionally, you have done unpermitted work that did not comply with applicable regulations and resulted in improperly functioning systems."
The DEQ order means A & S Septic must immediately stop performing sewage disposal services, stop advertising the business, must remove its business license and all DEQ-issued labels from from display, including labels on equipment, and the business must surrender its suspended license and send a certified letter to the DEQ notifying the agency of the removal within 14 days, a DEQ news release states.
Lopez was granted a license for sewage disposal from DEQ in 2009, according to the release. The license was amended in 2012 to allow installation and pumping.
At that time, the DEQ alleged Lopez was performing sewage disposal without a proper license and was also overseeing the construction, repair or modifications of onsite sewage systems without a DEQ permit. Lopez was ordered to pay $1,750 to the DEQ, but he never did, the agency states.
"Installer/pumper licenses allow license holders to construct and install onsite systems and to perform the grading, excavating or earth-moving work associated with the construction or installation of onsite systems and to pump or clean out onsite systems and to dispose of the material," the release explains.
In September 2015, the agency again alleged Lopez committed three additional violations by disposing of sewage in an unauthorized location, installing or altering onsite systems without a permit and again performing services without a permit.
By that time, Lopez had accumulated $7,305 in fines but never paid them.
Lopez was not immediately available for comment.