SEATTLE — Ecology officials say a waste management company faces a $14,000 fine for letting contaminated soil spill from large shipping sacks at a facility along the Duwamish Waterway.
Officials also say Waste Management National Services tried to handle the shipment without proper planning.
The soil came by barge from military cleanup sites in Alaska. It contained petroleum contamination and headed to a solid waste disposal facility.
Some of the soil also contained PCBs.
Ecology inspectors reported seeing rips in many of the sacks, with their contents spilled onto the pavement at a Seattle barge terminal leased by the company.
Many of the sacks had been placed outside a stormwater containment area on the site.
Waste Management company spokesperson Robin Freedman says they’re working to ensure their facility complies with environmental requirements.