$2.1M penalty for roofing company over emission violations

PORTLAND – A North Portland roofing company has been fined $ 2.1 million for a decade of air quality violations.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday it was the largest fine in the agency’s history, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported.

Malarkey Roofing Products was fined after the company announced that it may have been emitting large amounts of formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen, since 2009. The company confirmed increased emissions through source testing in 2019.

Formaldehyde can cause stinging of the eyes, nose and throat, as well as nausea and skin irritation.

The company installed adequate emission controls in July 2020.

Harry Esteve, spokesman for the Ministry of Environmental Quality, said the agency is not asking for a suspension of Malarkey’s operations as proper controls have been put in place. Most of the penalty represents the economic benefit Malarkey gained from failing to comply with the law for 10 years, Esteve said.

Tyler Roppe, vice chairman of the Kenton Neighborhood Association, said while it was encouraging to see the state take action against the industry and make progress on implementing the Cleaner Air Oregon program, a company potentially worth 1.5 billion However, US dollars should face greater consequences than essentially a fine to offset the magnitude of the economic benefits of illegally releasing toxins into the air.

Malarkey representatives did not respond to The Oregonian / OregonLive’s request for comment.

The company has 20 days to object to the order.

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