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Ace Paving hit with sanctions from DOE

"The Department of Ecology added the Ace Paving Maintenance Shop at 8555 Dickey Road, to its hazardous sites list in August. DOE fined Ace Paving for violations at two other sites earlier this summer, both of which the company appealed.DOE spokesperson Ron Langley said the violations at the maintenance shop are fairly minimal. Investigators found what appeared to be automotive fluids on the ground.The maintenance shop was rated a four on a scale of one to five on the hazardous sites listing, with one being a top clean-up priority and a five is the lowest. A four ranking means DOE expects the Ace Paving Maintenance Shop to oversee and conduct an internal cleanup. Ace Paving president Richard Christopherson did not return repeated phone calls for comment.Ace Paving appealed $62,000 in fines from DOE for permit violations for two Kitsap sites – a Bremerton rock quarry above Kitsap Lake, and a South Kitsap asphalt plant near the Union River. In total, DOE inspectors cited 23 violations at those sites in July. What started as one complaint about Ace Quarry above Kitsap Lake developed into fines for both sites, Langley said in an interview this summer. “One of the problems, and why the fines are so large, is the waste water quality permit system depends upon the operator or the permit holder to monitor their storm water discharge on a quarterly basis and report them to the DOE.“Without that monitoring on a regular basis, we don’t know if they are affecting the environment. ... There is something of an honor system, and because of that, there are significant penalties for violating (the permits) that make sure that monitoring is done and done correctly,” Langley said.DOE requires permits for draining waste water to storm water systems. It also requires internal monitoring of the draining.DOE is primarily concerned with dirt – silt, mud and muddy water – getting into Kitsap Lake and Union River and suffocating fish. Depending on the time of year, simple dirt can wreak substantial havoc on fish populations by filling in the rocky areas they use as nests and smothering their eggs.At the Ace Quarry site DOE fined Ace Paving $44,000 on June 18. The 11 violations ranged from discharging water to Kitsap Lake tributaries without a permit to working on automobiles on bare ground. Ace Paving could not produce the necessary permits.At the Lake Union site, DOE fined Ace Paving $18,000 for continuing to discharge storm water to surface water after DOE adjusted their permit in 1996 forbidding it."

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