Oregon DEQ issues penalty to
Insurance Auto Auctions
The Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality (DEQ) issued a $4,928
penalty to Insurance Auto Auctions,
Inc. for violating the water
quality permit for their facility
located at 4415 NE 158th Ave.
in Portland, Oregon.
DEQ issued the penalty because
Insurance Auto Auctions failed
to collect all of the grab samples
required during the 2007/2008
monitoring year to ensure that
their storm water discharges
met the water quality benchmarks
of their National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System
1200-COLS general permit.
A grab sample is a single sample
collected at a particular time
and place which represents the
composition of the storm water
runoff from the facility into
the Columbia River. Grab sample
monitoring may reveal the presence
of harmful levels of industrial
pollutants that could enter
public streams and rivers.
Appeal procedures allow Insurance
Auto Auctions 20 days to appeal
or pay the penalty.