Environment

Clean Water Act Penalties in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

By July 18, 2012July 7th, 2015One Comment

Financial penalties for exceeding pollution limits under the Clean Water Act are relatively rare, we found in our investigation of enforcement in the Northwest.

Nevertheless, some polluters do get fined. The interactive map above, based on records provided to InvestigateWest and EarthFix by Oregon and Washington’s environmental agencies and the EPA, which oversees enforcement in Idaho, shows the facilities fined since 2009.

The color of each placemarker indicates the total amount of the penalty or penalties, with blue the lowest and yellow the highest. Click on a placemarker to see actual dollar amounts.

Jason Alcorn

Jason Alcorn

Jason is InvestigateWest's associate director. A veteran of technology projects and online strategy for the nonprofit sector, he is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Graduate School of Journalism.

One Comment

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    Is this map dynamically updated? Where can I get details on each infraction? Thanks.

    -Thirsty in Hoquiam