PORTLAND -- Oregon state regulators have proposed almost $35,000 in fines against the company incinerating chemical weapons at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Eastern Oregon.
The Department of Environmental Quality said the hazardous waste and air quality violations include storing 30 drums of waste contaminated by mustard agent in a concrete igloo that hadn't been gotten the required retrofit vent closures, drain plugs, gasket seals and sampling ports.
The agency said no hazardous substances were released, and the subsidiary of contractor URS Corp. of San Francisco had made efforts "to correct or otherwise respond to the violations."
Since December 2009, the agency said, the company has agreed to almost $150,000 in fines and is negotiating more than $60,000 more. It has until April to appeal the latest fines.