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Two local companies were included among 15 Washington businesses and individuals fined by the state Department of Ecology in the first three months of 2019 for violating state environmental laws.

North Pacific Paper Company received a $8,200 fine for violating permits for particle pollution on August 7, 2018, after failing to property maintain its pollution control equipment, according to the Ecology website. Nippon Dynawave Packaging company was fined $5,000 for allowing air emission to exceed visibility limits 19 times between June 2018 and September 2018, the site says.

Both Longview companies have paid their fines, which were issued in February.

Ecology issued more than $200,000 in penalties of $1,000 or more from January through March this year. Penalties are issued in cases where businesses continue to violate laws after Ecology has provided warnings or technical assistance to the group, according to an Ecology news release. Particularly serious violations may also lead to fines, the release says.

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings, the release says. Collected funds go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.

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