Companies hit with environmental fines

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Two Clark County companies were among 23 businesses and agencies hit with environmental penalties of at least $1,000 from April through June, according to a state Department of Ecology list released Friday.

Ridgefield-based Holmstrom Grading was fined $2,000 in April after it allowed significant muddy water runoff from a construction site on Pioneer Street and failed to prevent stormwater pollution as required, according to the ecology department. The company also failed to perform required inspections and submit associated reports, officials said.

Tapani Underground Inc. of Battle Ground and another company were penalized $2,000 for a project in Pierce County, according to the ecology department. Workers failed to prevent stormwater pollution as required.

Ohio-based Kenan Advantage Group also paid a $2,500 adjusted penalty in May in relation to a December tanker truck accident that spilled 3,400 gallons of gasoline into a roadside ditch in Vancouver.

Environmental penalties of $1,000 or more totaled $417,624 during the second quarter of 2014, according to the ecology department. By far the largest was a $301,000 fine after a derelict vessel burned and sank, releasing 5,555 gallons of oil into Penn Cove in Island County. The penalty was appealed.