Mine fined over $50K for polluting San Juan Island water

Mar 24, 2023, 11:14 AM | Updated: 11:23 am

Image: San Juan Island can be seen from the marina at Friday Harbor, which is also on San Juan Isla...

San Juan Island can be seen from the marina at Friday Harbor, which is also on San Juan Island. (Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler, LightRocket via Getty Images)

(Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler, LightRocket via Getty Images)

A mine owner on San Juan Island is being fined $53,000 for five years worth of documented violations of environmental law and polluting water on the island.

The Washington Department of Ecology issued the penalty to Myron Williams, Inc., for failing to protect water quality at its mining operation at Egg Lake Quarry on San Juan Island.

Contractor fined over $400K in trench collapse death of worker

The department said they had already given repeated technical assistance, warning letters, and a field penalty from ecology inspectors, and Myron William did not comply with requirements.

Ecology inspectors documented numerous permit violations, including failure to safely store petroleum products and other hazardous substances, failure to clean up spills and leaks of pollutants, failure to label potentially hazardous substances, failure to monitor stormwater discharges to groundwater, and failure to submit information and reports in a 2021 inspection.

The follow-up inspection in August 2022 showed many violations had not been addressed.

“This operation continually fails to meet their responsibilities to protect water quality and comply with standard permit requirements, leaving us no choice but to issue a fine for these violations,” said Vince McGowan, Water Quality program manager for Ecology. “Moving forward, we expect the organization to make improvements in their operations to better protect water quality and the surrounding area from the hazardous substances they have onsite.”

Myron Williams, Inc., has 30 days to pay the fine or to appeal the penalty to Washington’s Pollution Control Hearings Board. KIRO Newsradio reached out to Myron Williams for a statement on the appeal but has not received a response at the time of publishing.

MyNorthwest News

Image: Monroe High School....

Bill Kaczaraba

Monroe teacher allegedly manipulated multiple students into having sex with him

A Monroe High School teacher allegedly manipulated multiple current and former students into having sex with him.

43 minutes ago

new hampshire kirkland killing...

Samantha Lomibao, KIRO 7 News

Kirkland police arrest man in New Hampshire for abusing 7-year-old Kirkland girl to death

A Kirkland man was arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly abusing a 7-year-old girl to death in Kirkland in April.

2 hours ago

Snohomish County Jail...

Bill Kaczaraba

Snohomish County Jail sees its sixth death of an inmate since September

Another inmate has died at the Snohomish County Jail.Authorities found a 43-year-old woman unresponsive in her one-person cell.

4 hours ago

school resource officers...

Frank Sumrall

School resource officers won’t be at certain Kent high schools in 2024-25

Both Kentwood and Kentlake high schools will not have school resource officers (SROs) next year, despite the growing advocacy for that role to return.

5 hours ago

pierce county deputy-involved shooting...

Frank Sumrall

Man killed in Pierce County deputy-involved shooting

Pierce County deputies were in an deputy-involved shooting when they shot and killed a suspect after responding to a domestic violence situation.

6 hours ago

King County Council...

James Lynch

King County Council sees heated comments over family justice center

The King County Council Law and Justice Committee convened to vote on a motion regarding the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center.

20 hours ago

Mine fined over $50K for polluting San Juan Island water