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Oregon DEQ issues penalty to Metal Movers

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $17,231 penalty to Metal Movers, LLC, for a variety of violations at the metal recovery business in Helix, Oregon. Metal Movers illegally disposed of solid waste and failed to properly clean up spills from oil and automotive fluids. The company also improperly labeled and stored containers of used oil and failed to determine whether some of its wastes were hazardous.

A DEQ property inspection found large piles of solid waste, including metals, vehicle components, plastics and glass. The same inspection also found that oil, gasoline and other contaminants had been released to the soil.

Three months after being told of the violations, Metal Movers had not acted to remedy the situation, which posed a risk to human health and the environment.