DEQ fines Umatilla disposal operator for violations

Oregon's DEQ intends to collect $46,800 in fines for enviornmental violations at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

Oregon's DEQ intends to collect $46,800 in fines for enviornmental violations at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday it intends to collect $46,800 in penalties from the operator of the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Hermiston.

The penalties to Washington Demilitarization Company, which operates the facility with the U.S. Army, were spurred by violations of the facility's hazardous waste storage and treatment permit.

The facility completed destruction of chemical weapons stored at the Army’s nearby Umatilla Chemical Depot in October. The violations occurred during June and September of 2011.

The violations included:

  • Failure to follow standard operating procedure during maintenance of air-monitoring equipment, resulting in a $10,000 penalty.
  • Two instances of failing to perform required air quality monitoring of a nerve agent resulting in $20,800 in penalties.
  • Carbon monoxide emission above the permit's limits during incineration of mustard agent, resulting in $16,000 in penalties.


Washington Demilitarization Company appealed the fines.

The company will wind down operations at the facility starting in March.


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