Orange says opponent’s oil spill claim is false

first_imgPort of Vancouver commissioner candidate Don Orange said he’s filed a cease-and-desist order against his opponent for making what he says is a false claim that his automotive business was cited by state and federal authorities for spilling up to 1,000 gallons of toxic oil.A flier circulated earlier this week by Kris Greene’s campaign for port commissioner claims that the alleged pollution caused by Orange’s business runs contrary to his professed concern for the environment and opposition to a proposed oil terminal at the port.“Don Orange promotes environmental protection, yet his automotive business was cited by state and federal authorities for toxic oil spillage of up to 1,000 gallons resulting in severe environmental contamination,” reads the flier. “It does not appear this toxic spillage was ever cleaned up.”Orange called the claims made in the flier “a lie.”He said that the contamination happened before he purchased Hoesly Eco Automotive from the Hoesly family in 2008. He said that the company had a leaking underground storage tank that had been used to store waste oil in the 1990s. Orange said the tank was removed and the site cleaned up before he took ownership of the business.Information from the Washington State Department of Ecology supports Orange’s statement.An email from Ecology spokesman David Bennett said the tank was removed in 2001, the contaminated soil was excavated and the company submitted a report confirming that sampling results showing the facility was in compliance with state pollution law.last_img

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