PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The man who owns one of Oregon's oldest organic wineries also has his name on a massive environmental fine at a long-burning dump across the state.
The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1l095AV ) a decades-old lumber dump outside Pilot Rock is expected to burn again this summer, as it has several times each year, most recently in June.
The dump is owned by Kinzua Resources, a company held by brothers Greg and Jeffrey Demers, and King Estate winery owner Ed King.
In August 2013, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality proposed a $790,062 fine for years of neglect at the dump and never closing it.
They face a contested case hearing before an administrative law judge in late September.
The DEQ has estimated closing the site could cost $2 million.