Stormwater violations at Port of Astoria result in $36,916 in fines

This is the third time that the port has been fined for such violations in three years.

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ASTORIA, OR, JULY 27, 2016 -- The Statesman Journal is reporting that state regulators in Oregon have fined the Port of Astoria $36,916 for violating its stormwater discharge permits.

This is the third time that the Port has been fined for such violations in three years.

In a notice issued to the Port by the Oregon Department of Water Quality, the violations stemmed from "failure to conduct required stormwater monitoring at the Port's Central Waterfront and Tongue Point facilities during the 2014-2015 monitoring year and for failiing to timely file required reports ..."

"Monitoring stormwater discharge is essential for DEQ to determine whether the port's stormwater treatment technology is adequate to control pollutants," the notice went on to say, "Without monitoring data, DEQ cannot analyze potential harmful environmental consequences from stormwater discharge."

According to the Statesman Journal, the Port is expected to appeal the charges.

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