DEQ Charges Japanese Boat at Marubeni-Columbia Grain
DEQ alleges the ship La Bamba recently discharged nearly 300,000 gallons of ballast into the Willamette.
Japanese merchant ship "La Bamba" was fined $15,600 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for discharging its ballast water illegally into the Willamette River.
The Toyko-based ship, owned by Marine Ace Co. Ltd., was docked in Portland on May 19, berthed at the Columbia Grain Facility Terminal at 15550 N. Lombard St., when the discharge occurred, according to DEQ.
Ballast discharges can bring invasive marine or freshwater organisms into Oregon waters, and thus are considered environmental hazards.
In a news release, the agency charged that the vessel owner "attempted to mask from DEQ the discharge of prohibited ballast water."
There is more land planted to wheat in the world than any other crop.
It provides 20 percent of the world's caloric consumption.
by Washington Grain Commission, 2015 / 2016
Pacific Northwest All Wheat Production
Washinton 111.5 million bushels 3.3 million tons Idaho 87.1 million bushels 2.6 million tons Oregon 39.2 million bushels 1.2 million tons Total 237.8 million bushels 7.1 million tons
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