Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel faces $12,000 fine

Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel has been fined $12,000 by the Department of Ecology for clean water violations in the Ship Canal.

The Department of Ecology says violations by Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel include “ongoing spills of aggregate — a sand and gravel mixture — from shore-side bunkers” at their facility at 5231 Shilshole Avenue NW into the Lake Washington Ship Canal. State law outlaws the discharge of foreign material to state waters. Other violations cited by the department include lack of a spill-response plan at the facility and not having records of required twice-yearly stormwater inspections.

The Department of Ecology says the company did not respond to repeated attempts made last year to discuss the water-quality problem. After a “Notice of Violation” was issued this last February, the company had 30 days to respond. “This case escalated into a penalty because Salmon Bay did not respond,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, the Department of Ecology’s regional water quality supervisor. “Most of the violations themselves require fairly straightforward corrections.” Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel has the option to seek an Ecology review of the penalty or file an appeal within 30 days with the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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CK
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CK

I'm sorry, aren't these the guys who are suing Cascade Bicycle to get an environmental review (ahem filibuster) on the proposed Missing Link extension?

kim1234
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kim1234

now if spd traffic would catch the truck drivers….they're crazy on the road. they think they literally own the road.

SPG
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SPG

They do own the road and how dare you question them. What, do you think you're entitled to use it too?

SPG
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SPG

I can hear Nelson from the Simpsons all the way over here… “Ha Ha!”

Ballardwatch
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Ballardwatch

I think “karma” is the word we can use to describe this

Edog
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Edog

Portait of Irony – Early today on the missing link thread, I observed they would be smart to hire an attorney who was a SEPA expert above all other considerations. Based on this, I expect they have not done that much.

Ecology publicly stating that Salmon Bay simply did not respond – OUCH – as as in priceless.

Matt
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Matt

Oh this is priceless.

Edog
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Edog

I wonder if these jerks even have an environmental site manager?

gurple
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Swedes, do you have a link for the release that was sent out? My Google-fu fails me, and I think the details would be pretty interesting.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Oh boy! This'll get ugly.

ballardmike
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ballardmike

Hey, a gravel spill is better than oil spill any day… and they do pay taxes and employ people here.

Landry
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Landry

According to the text of the arcticle, they've had since last February to respond to this. They have failed their employees by ignoring this.

rowksta
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rowksta

Actually, gravel and sand spilling into the water can be harder to contain than oil and it more directly affects sub-surface marine life. Oil floats on water, silty particles become suspended in the water, which is where fish and salmon draw their oxygen from. Fish can draw in the silty water through their gills and essentially suffocate. Salmon runs are closely watched by Ecology…and apparently Salmon Bay Gravel is closely watched, too!

I hear you, though….cleaning up shorelines from oil spills is REALLY hard!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

There is no excuse or call to whitewash this kind of blatant environmental damage. This is a big boy company, they knew better.

fuzzbeans
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fuzzbeans

But you don't understand! They'd rather spend their time fighting against bicyclists than keeping their own house in order.

MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

Own it? I'm sure they built it too. It is a concrete road after all. ;)

gurple
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Here's a story on this on the PI website:
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/409728_fine31.html

Edog
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Edog

30 Days of silence – Nothing else to say!

ZephyrV2
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ZephyrV2

It's a shame that we can't take direct consumer action and boycott this business. I am of course assuming that their customers are business and government entities, not private individuals looking to gravel over their drive way.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

To clarify further, they're suing the City of Seattle and are spending your tax dollars.

aresident
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aresident

They also seem to have no concern for the amount of gravel the gets spilled and/or tracked on Shilshole Avenue.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

$12,000? Cost of doing business.

Ballard_Dad
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Ballard_Dad

How, if at all, will this impact the missing link case?

Freddie
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Freddie

No doubt everyone here will stop using gravel in protest.

Edog
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Edog

It won't. They are unrelated.