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Who is dumping dozens of barrels of oil across Spokane County?

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If you know who is dumping these barrels of oil, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. If you know who is dumping these barrels of oil, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
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More than two dozen 55-gallon barrels of used oil have been dumped at various locations across Spokane County over the past few days and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help them find who is responsible. 

The first set of barrels of oil were found on July 30 at Chattaroy and Perry, just west of Highway 2. The next day five more barrels were found at Perry, just north of Hawthorne. Spokane County says 16 more barrels were dumped at Hayford and Euclid in Airway Heights on Tuesday. 

The County says the cost to taxpayers to clean up the oil is adding up to tens of thousands of dollars, as the contents of each barrel must be tested at a cost of about $1,000 a barrel. Then there are also costs to properly dispose of the oil and barrels. 

Illegal dumping of hazardous waste, such as oil, is a felony and is punishable by a minimum of one-year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, up to and including the cost of clean-up and disposal. 

If you have any information, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

If you are looking to dispose of used oil properly, Spokane County has provided this information: 

According to the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System, residents of Spokane County can take used oil to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop Sites at the North & Valley Transfer Stations on Saturdays & Sundays, or to the Waste to Energy Facility HHW Drop Site seven-days a week.  However, they are limited to quantities of 5 gallons or less per visit.

Businesses can dispose of used oil at the North or Valley Transfer Stations through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) program offered by Steri-Cycle and Waste Connections.  Disposal is by appointment only on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30– 10:00 a.m. and from 2–3:00 p.m.  Call 1-800-228-7872 to schedule a drop-off appointment.  COD only: Credit Card or Check.

Spokane County’s Transfer Stations are not equipped to safely store large quantities of hazardous waste so that is why Steri-Cycle schedules appointments to do drop-off/pick-ups for CESQG businesses and there are restrictions as to how much residents can drop off each visit.

For more information on disposing of hazardous wastes, call Spokane County Recycling at (509) 477-6800.

Department of Ecology Background Information

The EPA’s May 1st 1992 decision DOES NOT list used oil as hazardous waste AS LONG AS:

1.      It is recycled (recycling includes burning for energy recovery.)

2.      It has not been mixed or contaminated with gasoline, antifreeze or hazardous wastes (such as chlorinated solvents found in break cleaner and carburetor cleaner).

OTHER WASTES that can be managed like used oil include crude-based products like transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, gear lube oils, metalworking oils and different fluid.

THESE MAY BE MIXED TOGETHER, but add nothing else or you run the risk of contaminating a batch of used oil and turning it into a hazardous waste.

More information on business hazardous waste generator status and requirements can be found at the DOE website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/manage_waste/rules_for_sqgs.html

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