LA GRANDE - The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $3,600 fine against the city of La Grande for allowing the discharge of untreated sewage to enter Taylor Creek in March.

The city told the state agency that a "grease obstruction" about 155 feet from a manhole on Leo Lane caused an unknown amount of sewage to flow out of the holes in the manhole cover into nearby Taylor Creek. The area adjacent to the creek consists of small residential properties.

The city cleared the blockage, cleaned and disinfected the affected area with bleach and notified nearby property owners of the overflow. A DEQ news release said the city inspected Taylor Creek and found no visual evidence of the overflow.

The city of La Grande has 20 days to appeal or pay the penalty.

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