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Old 05-15-2009, 02:51 PM
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Default Well driller fined $24,000

A West Richland well driller has been fined $24,000 for violations related to well construction over the past three years.
The Washington Department of Ecology imposed the penalty on Thomas St. George, of St. George Enterprises LLC, for failing to notify the agency when a well was going to be drilled, for not submitting information about the depth and geologic profile of the wells and for failing to put identification tags on the wells.
The state filed 60 violations involving 24 domestic wells drilled in recent years, said Joye Redfield-Wilder, spokeswoman for state agency.
"This is the first time in many years in Central Washington that we've had a large penalty for a driller," Redfield-Wilder said.
She said Ecology has the rules to ensure that citizens are getting properly built wells and a safe water supply. "These are safeguards," she said.
Under state law, well drillers must follow specific construction and maintenance standards to protect water quality and ground water.
The well logs were filed with the appropriate building departments at the time the wells were constructed, said St. George. He said he has no idea why that paperwork did not get to the state.
Avery Richardson, a well-drilling coordinator for Ecology, said the violations left St. George's customers with no assurance they have a legal water supply.
St. George must submit completed reports, place ID tags as required and pay any outstanding fees and fines. He has 30 days to appeal the penalty and order with the Pollution Control Hearings Board.
St. George Drilling is a licensed well-driller in Washington until March 2011. The violations do not affect the well driller's license.
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