The owners of an abandoned landfill in Pilot Rock are facing a fine of almost $800,000 dollars for years of violations at the site.
The East Oregonian newspaper reports that the penalty is the second-largest ever levied in the history of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
This is the agency’s fourth try at getting the owners to address the environmental problems at the landfill site.
The owners sold a nearby lumber mill in June 2009 to Boise Cascade, but never found a buyer for the 19-acre lot across the street where the company used to dump wood waste.
DEQ estimates that closing and maintaining the landfill will cost about $1.75 million.
Polluters and permit violators often negotiate with the agency to settle fines. That option is available in this case.