Construction company fined for operating Moses Lake

SPOKANE – The Washington State Department of Ecology on Thursday announced it is fining construction giant Granite Construction $ 36,000 for air pollution from the Moses asphalt plant Lake.

According to a press release, the Department of Ecology said Watsonville, Calif., Based Granite Construction must keep production plant conveyor belts covered in order to control volatile organic compound emissions from asphalt. when moving around the factory.

“Environmental inspectors discovered that the company had operated the asphalt plant for eight days in September (2021) without the covers being installed,” the press release said.

In addition, the Department of Ecology found that the company was operating “an escape point closer to the ground than was permitted” at its Moses Lake facility on Tyndall Road, just east of the Grant County International Airport, reducing the ability of pollutants to disperse higher in the air.

“Companies that produce air pollution have an obligation to protect their workers and the public,” wrote Dave Knight, director of the air quality program for the Department of Ecology in eastern Washington, in the press release. “We work with Granite Construction to make sure they follow the law and minimize pollution in their operations.

According to the press release, this is the second time in less than two years that the Department of Ecology has found violations of air quality guidelines at the Granite Construction facility in Moses Lake. In June 2020, Granite Construction operated its asphalt plant in the gravel pit without the required antipollution equipment.

“After being contacted by Ecology regarding their excessive air emissions in June 2020 and September 2021, Granite Construction has corrected the issue,” the press release says, adding that Grant Construction has 30 days to appeal the fine. with the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board.

Granite Construction did not respond to requests for comment.

Although publicly traded Granite Construction operates across the United States, the company’s operations are primarily located in the west, with facilities in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. The company’s shares fell 60 cents on Friday to close at $ 38.62 per share.

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