- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The state has fined a Salem company more than $75,000 for discharging wastewater that contained granite cuttings into Rickreall Creek.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/2a1wWUX ) the state Department of Environmental Quality has also ordered Keystone Granite to immediately stop discharging waste into a hole that’s dug into the ground at its facility, where it could infiltrate groundwater.

The company has until Aug. 5 to appeal the fine. Company officials could not immediately be reached to see if that’s a step they will take.

The DEQ says the wastewater causes turbidity that degrades water quality and may harm aquatic life.

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

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