- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon officials say they’re fining the Tillamook County Creamery Association more than $56,500, alleging wastewater violations at its dairy products processing facility in Tillamook.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday the association exceeded its wastewater discharge permit limits for biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and bacteria, specifically E. coli. The facility discharges wastewater to a privately owned wetland. It then flows through a small creek in a golf course and into the Wilson River.

The agency also says the association violated other water quality criteria, creating slimy vegetation in the discharge area.

The department says it did consider the company’s efforts to prevent future violations by upgrading its wastewater treatment. The Environmental Quality Department says the creamery association has begun extensive treatment system improvements.

The association has until June 10 to pay or appeal the penalty.

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