Vancouver Iron & Steel to pay $4,700 fine to DEQ

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Vancouver — Vancouver Iron & Steel Inc. will pay a $4,693 fine to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for failing to conduct all required stormwater discharge monitoring at its foundry at 866 N. Columbia Boulevard in North Portland, the DEQ said Monday.

The company has a DEQ-issued permit which allows it to discharge stormwater from activities on its foundry site to the Columbia Slough, within strict limits. The permit requires it to monitor its stormwater through the regular taking of samples and to conduct monthly visual monitoring of stormwater discharge. Vancouver Iron & Steel failed to conduct visual monitoring for six months between November 2010 and May 2011, according to the DEQ.

Vancouver Iron & Steel Inc. had appealed the penalty shortly after DEQ issued it in November 2011. After meeting with DEQ to further discuss the violations, the company signed a settlement agreement requiring it to pay a total fine of $4,693, according to the DEQ.