EUGENE, Ore. – J.H. Baxter & Co. is facing a large fine for hazardous waste and water quality violations.
The Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday they will be fining the Eugene wood preserver $223,440.
Officials said a majority of the penalty, nearly $179,000 of the fine, is due to unpermitted treatment of hazardous waste.
Baxter improperly treated about 1.7 million gallons of hazardous waste without a permit over a five-year period, the DEQ said.
However, officials said the facility is no longer using its wood treatment chambers to evaporate hazardous material.
Another smaller fine -- $14,735 -- is due to the facility allowing untreated stormwater and water removed from boilers to overflow into a storm ditch leading to Amazon Creek during two weather events that took place in spring 2019, exceeding the allowed limits.
These are just two instances of what the total fine entails, DEQ officials said.