Lynnwood company fined for water pollution, hazardous waste violations

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A Lynnwood mold-cleaning company faces $18,000 in fines for washing spray equipment into a storm drain.

Residents reported seeing a whitish paint-like substance enter Hall Lake from a stormwater pipe in April 2010. Lynnwood staff traced the discharge to Environix, Inc. at 20728 56th Ave. W.

“This incident is extremely disappointing to us,” said James Mallory, president of Environix. “Our company prides itself in environmental stewardship and yet this inappropriate washing still occurred. The actions were inexcusable, and the employee responsible for the incident has been fired.”

The company has arranged to discharge equipment wash water to the city’s sanitary sewer and to collect sludge from the washing process for proper waste disposal.

“Ecology’s penalty addresses the violations of water quality and hazardous waste requirements that occurred for a significant time before these corrections,” said Julie Sellick, a regional manager for the Department of Ecology.

Environix may appeal the $18,000 fine.

  1. I believe there are more polluters in that area. I walk the interurban trail and the area between the park and rid and cedar valley way often has a horrible smell. I don’t know if it is air or water pollution, but I suspect one of those businesses south of the interurban is doing something illegal.

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