- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Washington state ecology officials say a former leather tannery faces a $120,000 fine for improperly managing and illegally storing dangerous waste at its Marysville facility.

The Department of Ecology issued the fine against Quil Ceda Tanning Company after inspections in October of 2015 found hazardous wastes abandoned at its site.

Ecology officials found similar violations in 2012 and ordered the wastes cleaned up.

Ecology manager Darin Rice says after those 2012 violations, the company should have understood its responsibility to safely manage the wastes. Rice says the chemicals are an imminent threat to people at the site and to a nearby creek.

An attorney for Quil Ceda Tanning said the company denies the allegations and any liability for the violations. The company plans to appeal the penalty.

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