- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A McMinnville, Oregon, steel mill has been fined more than $7,000 for violating its water pollution permit.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/By8qHU ) Cascade Steel Rolling Mills is being fined because it stopped performing required monthly water sampling for lead and zinc.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says the monitoring has been required since 2002 under the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

A spokesman for Schnitzer Steel in Portland, the McMinnville facility’s parent company, says the mill is now monitoring as required.

Colin Kelly says Cascade Steel discovering a monitoring oversight as part of its internal review and immediately notified the Department of Environmental Quality and fixed the program.

The company has until Oct. 22 to appeal the penalty.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com


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