DEQ fines Portland company
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Portland-based Northwest Shingle Recyclers LLC and its owner Gregory Bolt $230,094 for illegally disposing of asphalt roofing shingles in Canby.
DEQ has ordered Northwest Shingle Recyclers and Bolt to remove and properly dispose of the shingles. Most of the fine — about $224,000 — is the amount the company gained by avoiding the cost of proper disposal. If the company complies with the order, DEQ will recalculate and reduce the fine.
Improper disposal of asphalt roofing shingles can leach contaminants such as zinc, lead and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, into soil and groundwater. These contaminants are harmful to people's health and the environment.
The company has appealed the violations.