State Fines Coatings Company For Waste Violations

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined an industrial painting and coating company $80,000 for dangerous waste violations at facilities in Seattle and Auburn.

Puget Sound Coatings was fined after inspections since 2008 found no improvement in its compliance history.

The most recent violations were found during inspections in July and August 2015.

Darin Rice, an Ecology’s department manager, says inspectors found significant violations by a firm that has the experience and knowledge to be in compliance.

Puget Sound Coatings president Hugh LaBossier says they were disappointed to receive the fine. He says they’ll redouble their efforts to protect the environment.

The company’s Seattle facility was cited for failing to keep containers of dangerous waste closed and for failing to properly label dangerous waste, among other violations.

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