SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined a tribal-owned lumber mill $89,000 for repeated clean-air violations.
The EPA says PNW Wind Down LLC lumber mill is on the Colville Reservation in Omak. It produced plywood veneer from raw timber.
The EPA says the company exceeded emissions limits and failed to abide by the terms of a compliance order.
The facility is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. It’s operated by Omak Wood Products.
The EPA received complaints of heavy smoke and pollution from local residents in 2013 and issued violation notices. The EPA and the company entered into a compliance order in 2014.
But additional problems led to another violation notice last year, and that led to the penalty action.