March 24 2019
SALEM, Oregon — Lost Valley Farm near Boardman has been fined $187,000 after finding 224 violations of its wastewater permit. The fine was announced last week and imposed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The violations occurred between June 2017 and August 2018 include allowing manure lagoons to overflow, improperly storing dead cows and failing to report spills.
Owner Greg te Velde declined to comment Tuesday. He has until next month to appeal the penalty.
The penalty comes as te Velde faces bankruptcy proceedings, a pending permit revocation and criminal contempt of court charges.
Department spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus says the penalty amount due will become part of his bankruptcy estate.