BOARDMAN — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $425 penalty to Leobardo Jacquez II for burning of prohibited materials on his property at 70239 Pioneer Lane, Boardman.

The penalty stems from a report of illegal open burning that DEQ received in May 2011 from the Boardman Police Department. An officer on May 4, 2011, saw Jacquez burning garbage, including wiring and tires.

Those are prohibited materials because they “emit dense and noxious smoke plumes when burned,” according to the DEQ news release, that can create a nuisance and pose a threat to the environment and public health.

In calculating the penalty, DEQ noted it issued Jacquez a penalty for a previous open burning violation in 2006. Jacquez has until Aug. 30 to appeal the penalty.

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