PASCO, Washington (AP) – A Pasco fertilizer manufacturer was fined $ 25,500 for making 650 tons of liquid ammonium phosphate fertilizer using a mobile reactor without a Washington state air quality permit.
“Pacific Northwest Solutions has a long history of ecology non-compliance,” the Washington State Department of Ecology said in its fine, the Tri-City Herald reported. The company has not met all of its allowable emission limits at once since 1998, officials said.
The company was fined $ 5,000 in 2019 and again in 2020, both times for failing to properly test its equipment to ensure it met air quality emissions standards.
From March 7th to 9th, Pacific Northwest Solutions produced 650 tons of liquid fertilizer with a reactor at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Moses Lake.
The company had been notified that tests in January 2021 showed its reactor failed and failed to meet proposed permit limits or failed to meet state and federal regulations, officials said.
At the time, the state was working to revoke a permit for another Pacific Northwest Solutions reactor that failed to meet the standards, officials said.
The company could not be reached by phone to comment. She has 30 days to appeal the fine with the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board.