Woodburn auto wrecker fined $50,000 for DEQ violations
A Woodburn man was fined nearly $50,000 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a variety of infractions stemming from his auto wrecking company.
Micky Henson, president of M&M Auto Wrecking in Woodburn, was issued a fine of $49,979 on Dec. 5, 2019, for failing to comply with a Remedial Action Order that was issued in May 2019 for "operating without waste tire storage and stormwater permits, failing to immediately clean up releases of oil, failing to determine if M&M had generated hazardous waste, demolishing recreational vehicles without surveying them for asbestos, and burning prohibited materials."
According to the Notice of Civil Penalty Assessment, the DEQ began its investigation after receiving a complaint on Feb. 29, 2019, alleging the mismanagement of used oil and open burning at M&M Auto Wrecking at 947 S. Pacific Highway in Woodburn.
DEQ staff inspected M&M five times between April and August, discovering a variety of infractions that include:
— Approximately 10,000 waste tires stored in the southwest corner of the property, along with a semi-trailer storing 1,000 more waste tires. M&M does not have a waste tire storage permit, according to the DEQ.
— Four hundred gallons of waste gasoline stored in multiple containers — none of which was labeled as hazardous waste and had not been determined if the contests were hazardous.
— Circuit boards, aerosol cans, and plastic-coated wiring burned in and around an open 55-gallon steel barrel and modified 100-gallon steel tank outside.
— Unmarked used oil or used oil/water mixtures stored in 11 55-gallon drums, four 220-gallon containers and seven 5-gallon containers.
— Additional oil or oil/water mixtures were stored in open containers outside — many of which were actively leaking or overflowing.
— Two RVs, containing vinyl flooring and other materials suspected to contain asbestos, were demolished without an asbestos survey from an accredited inspector.
DEQ also noted that prior to the summer of 2018, M&M had discharged stormwater from the oil/water separator to a neighboring wetland and creek that discharges into Mill Creek. The oil/water separator was removed in the summer of 2018, leaving a three-foot deep infiltration pond. During the winter of 2018 and spring of 2019, M&M discharged stormwater from that infiltration pond to the neighboring property to the north.
Additionally, M&M pumped oily water from the area next to the mechanic shop to a stormwater catch basin along the eastern portion of the property. M&M does not have coverage under an industrial stormwater permit for the facility, according to DEQ.
DEQ noted that Henson had failed to submit a site assessment and remediation plan to DEQ since June 12, 2019, and continues to store approximately 8,700 waste tires at M&M without a permit. As part of the Assessment, M&M is required to dispose of the remaining tires within 120 of the Notice and must implement a plan by Feb. 3 to outline the scope of the work and timelines to assess, identify and remove contaminated soils.
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