Jul 27, 2021

EPA Settles with Fought & Company Inc. for Federal Storm Water Violations at Tigard, Oregon, Facility

The U.S. EPA has settled a series of alleged industrial storm water violations under the federal Clean Water Act by Fought & Company, Inc, in Tigard, Oregon.  

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The U.S. EPA has settled a series of alleged industrial storm water violations under the federal Clean Water Act by Fought & Company, Inc, in Tigard, Oregon.  

According to EPA, Fought & Company, Inc. fabricates structural steel components for large-scale construction projects including: bridges, high-rises, stadiums, and industrial buildings. The violations allege that the facility discharges storm water offsite and into nearby Fanno Creek.

As a result, Fought & Company, Inc. agreed to pay a civil penalty of $82,000 to resolve EPA’s allegations, reported EPA.  

An EPA inspection at the facility in 2019 found Fought & Company, Inc. had a deficient Storm Water Pollution Control Plan. The company also failed to properly implement corrective actions and monitor all storm water discharge points, according to EPA. According to the agreement,  the company also failed to include required elements in the storm water pollution control plan. 

According to EPA, in addition to paying a civil penalty, Fought and Company, Inc. will conduct a storm water evaluation period, revise and update its storm water pollution control plan, and install additional treatment capacity at its facility to address excess zinc discharges. With these improvements, Fought & Company’s storm water discharge to Fanno Creek can improve. 

The signed Consent Agreement and Final Order can be read here

EPA’s statement adds that uncontrolled storm water runoff can cause serious problems by: introducing polluted water into nearby waters; causing sediment choked rivers and streams; intensifying flooding and property damage; reducing fishing and swimming opportunities; and in some extreme cases, threatening public drinking water systems.

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