Checking wrong box is company's $18,000 mistake

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon paint company is paying a hefty fine for a paperwork mistake with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Eugene-based Forrest Paint Co. told the EPA it had its paperwork in order by June 2009, including a plan that details how the company will detect and minimize leaks of any dangerous substances.

But, in a consent agreement with the EPA, Forrest Paint says it checked the wrong box when filing a correction to the plan online.

That error cost the company $18,000. Forrest Paint could not be reached Monday by The Associated Press.