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State fines 2 companies for water quality violations in Clark County

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The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday announced fines levied against companies and others for water quality violations, including two in Clark County.

The department fined Intech Enterprises Inc. of Washougal $3,000. The company is accused of failing to submit discharge monitoring reports for three quarters in 2016 as required under an industrial stormwater general permit, the department says in a news release. Intech is appealing the penalty, the release says.

The department also levied a $2,000 fine against Ken Leahy Construction Inc. of Cornelius, Ore., for a water quality violation.

The department accused the company of repeatedly violating its construction stormwater permit at the Portside Lagoon and Landfill in Vancouver, allowing soil and sediment to track off site, and failing to contain construction debris and trash.

The fine is among $401,000 the department issued in penalties of $1,000 or more July through September.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Penalties are issued in cases where noncompliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.

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