Smith Frozen Foods Inc. Pays $3,900 DEQ Penalty for Discharging Wastewater to Pine Creek

From the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality press release:

Smith Frozen Foods Inc., a food processor operating in the Umatilla County community of Weston, has paid a $3,900 Oregon Department of Environmental Quality penalty for discharging wastewater from its processing facility to nearby Pine Creek without a waste discharge permit. The company’s Water Pollution Control Facilities Permit specifically prohibits discharge of process wastewater to state waters.

On July 29, 2008, Smith Frozen Foods contacted the DEQ office in Pendleton and reported that process wastewater had infiltrated into the facility’s storm water system and resulted in a milky discharge to Pine Creek. The company added that residual groundwater drainage in the storm water system had been diverted to the process wastewater ponds and portable pumps had been placed in Pine Creek to remove contaminated water.

Improper discharge of process wastewater can harm aquatic life, contaminate drinking water and impair recreational, commercial and agricultural uses of water. Corn processing wastewater is high in oxygen-consuming material and high in total suspended solids, which, among other things, can harm fish and other aquatic life by reducing the amount of dissolved oxygen. Corn processing wastewater can also be low in acidity (pH). When the pH of water is decreased or increased, fish and other aquatic species are at risk of harm.

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  • Harry Haller (unverified)

    Yeah, but when is he going to be fined for polluting the airwaves with his current crop of ads?

  • Steve Bucknum (unverified)

    You all know that this wasn't the first time, don't you.

    Look it up, this is far from the first time. The DEQ probably had a form press release in their computer for this repeat offense.

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    At the DEQ, Shift-F9 is the automated "send smith another invoice" button.

  • Brian C. (unverified)

    I agree with Harry. Gordo's recent attack ads make for much better fodder to use against him in addition to his voting record. A chump change DEQ fine against his family-owned food processing plant or possibly employing some undocumented workers, not so much. 2008 represents a golden opportunity to boot an incumbent Republican senator out of office in Oregon. So far it seems we have put forth a rather weak challenge to that seat.

  • johnnie (unverified)

    <h2>It's actually a shame they both can't lose.</h2>
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