The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has settled the largest fine in its history for a Portland roofing material manufacturer that failed to control its air pollution for a decade.
Malarkey Roofing Products remodeled its facility in 2009 but did not notify DEQ. In 2018, the company DEQ said its formaldehyde emissions could be higher than anticipated. Source tests in 2019 confirmed this.
DEQ fined the company $2.1 million in October 2021, the largest fine it had ever imposed at the time. Last week, DEQ settled on $1.45 million after Malarkey proved it hadn’t avoided as many costs from the breach as it originally estimated.
The settlement agreement requires Malarkey to implement both short-term and long-term pollution control and monitoring activities.
The agreement also requires Malarkey to consider paying up to $1.16 million of the fine for DEQ-approved projects, called supplemental environmental projects, that provide air quality benefits to the surrounding community.
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Company officials apologized to the community last fall.
“When we determined that the installation of the chimney in our building could have affected our emissions, we contacted DEQ to let them know,” said company president Greg Malarkey.
Malarkey Roofing has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, California and Oklahoma. The Portland facility is located at 3131 N. Columbia Blvd. in the Kenton district.
In December 2021, the company agreed to be acquired by the Holcim Group, a Swiss multinational that manufactures building materials.
Last month, DEQ fined the Port of Morrow $2.1 million for repeatedly dumping nitrogenous wastewater on agricultural fields and failing to monitor those fields. It is now DEQ’s biggest fine.