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June 9, 2021

Dam operator fined $501K for pollution

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River.

Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles downstream while deposits of ground-up tire rubber are believed to have entered into Commencement Bay in Tacoma, 41 miles) downstream, Ecology said in a Tuesday news release.

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