Two Clark County incidents bring environmental penalties

By Eric Florip, Columbian Transportation & Environment Reporter



Environmental violations prompting fines of more than $1,000 during the last quarter of 2011 included two incidents in Clark County, according to a list released Thursday by the state Department of Ecology.

Vancouver-based Donald Acres received a fine of $2,000 on Dec. 27 due to stormwater discharges into wetlands in the Whipple Creek watershed, according to the ecology department. Five days earlier, Nicholas Walker was fined $1,000 in a separate incident that involved diesel generator oil spilling into the Columbia River at the Port of Vancouver, according to the department.

Donald Acres’ fine has been paid.

In all, the 18 fines handed out from September through December totaled $117,372, according to the ecology department. The two largest penalties were a pair of separate $24,000 fines. One was imposed on Tacoma-based William Dixon Co. in November for discharging sediment-laden water into a drain that emptied into a salmon-bearing stream. The other was charged to Marcus Jacobson of Pullman in December for “continuing to discharge polluted water” from a cattle feed lot into a tributary of the South Fork Palouse River, according to the ecology department.

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