Tacoma truck wash owner to pay $50,000 over pollution
Mar. 21, 2017
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the owner of a now-closed Tacoma truck wash will pay $50,000 and spend two years on probation for dumping chemicals into the city's sewer.
The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/9pguq9 ) that Ryan Lewis, of Cleaner Pressure Washing, pleaded guilty this month to polluting water and illegally discharging hazardous chemicals. He also pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to the same charges, along with a felony charge of defrauding a public utility.
He agreed to pay nearly $13,000 to clean up the property and an additional $37,000 in fines.
The city repeatedly asked the company to stop what it was doing and eventually cut off its water. The attorney general says that in January 2016, a company employee was seen illegally filling a 275-gallon container from a fire hydrant without a permit.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com