A new state report says the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Clark County have failed to keep an eye on Livingston Quarry, allowing a contractor to improperly handle material while potentially depriving the state of revenue used to fund schools and other government functions.
Those are the conclusions of an accountability report released by the state auditor Thursday, which points to more problems at a quarry that’s been the subject of complaints from neighbors and scrutiny from the department.
In its response to the auditor’s report, the Department of Natural Resources did not dispute the findings and pointed to steps it’s taken to better control the quarry.
“In regards to Livingston Quarry, neighbors raised concerns — and they were right,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz in a statement. “So we acted swiftly.”
In the statement, Franz pointed to a stop-work order the department issued in January to Clark County and Tower Rock, the company contracted to operate the quarry. The order identified violations regarding rock extraction, improper stockpiling of material, lack of proper insurance by the company, problematic reclamation methods and other issues.