The Interagency Compliance Team brings together multiple agencies to collaborate on sites with numerous environmental, health and safety violations. The team recently tackled a property in Issaquah that was polluting air, water and soil through illegal business practices. Some of the violations the team cited were Illegal automotive dismantling, hazardous wastes stored in open containers on the ground, buried wastes, open burning of wastes and illegal dumping. Team members from five enforcement agencies worked with the property owner to get the property cleaned up and into compliance.
The cleanup included the safe disposal of over 60 gallons of hazardous waste, including solvents, paint, and automotive fluids, broken fluorescent tubes, 40 automotive batteries, and 150 cubic yards of solid waste. The illegal burning and dumping was stopped. The owner is also conducting soil sampling to identify contamination for remediation. The team was able to work with the owner on timely compliance, clean up, and preventing future pollution.
Businesses and residents may make requests for technical consultations or complaint investigations through the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899; toll free 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899.