By Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

A Tacoma shipbuilderâ¿¿s $50,000 fine was the most severe penalty issued by the Washington Department of Ecology in the first quarter of 2010.

J.P. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. in Tacoma was fined $50,000 in January for stormwater discharge violations and according to the state, it was ⿿non-responsive to numerous notifications of violations.⿝

The Ecology Department said it issued $245,825 in fines larger than $1,000 in the first three months of 2010.

The second-largest fine in the first quarter was a $40,000 penalty issued in February to Chinook Ventures, of Longview, for spilling up to 50 cubic yards of petroleum coke into the Columbia River and failing to report the spill.

Hereâ¿¿s a link to a list of all the large fines issued by the Department of Ecology in the first quarter.

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