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Environmental penalties for 4th quarter 2013 announced

(LACEY)- The Washington Department of Ecology issued $315,393 in penalties of $1,000 or more October through December of 2013.  A table describing the violations and resulting penalties is available at www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2014/021.html.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws.  Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings.  Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.

Ecology strives to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and promote wise management for current and future generations.  When someone pollutes Washington’s air, land or waters, Ecology enforces state and federal regulations in hopes of changing behavior and deterring future violations.

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