The parent company of Space Age Travel Center outside of Hermiston has been fined $3,900 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for violating its wastewater permit for the travel center.
According to a news release from the DEQ, Pliska Investments violated the permit’s nitrate-nitrogen and total nitrogen limits for its septic system. The violations happened 22 times between June 2015 and March 2018. The company was also cited without a fine for “a number of other violations related to reporting and monitoring.”
Pliska Investments has until Aug. 14 to appeal the fine, and DEQ is requiring the company to create an action plan for lowering nitrogen levels in the wastewater it discharges.
Space Age Travel Center is in the Lower Umatilla Groundwater Management Area, which has high concentrations of nitrate-nitrogen that can cause algal blooms harmful to marine life and pose a health concern in drinking water, according to the DEQ.
Pliska Investments was also fined $3,300 by the DEQ in 2015 for similar violations of its wastewater permit serving Comfort Inn & Suites next to Space Age.