State Dept. of Ecology Fines Mt. St. Helens $250 Million

The Washington State Department of Ecology slapped Mount St. Helens with a $250 million fine on Thursday for flagrant and repeated violations of state air quality regulations.

From late 2004 through July this year the 40,000-year-old volcano maintained a daily schedule that included emitting hundreds of tons of sulfur dioxide—a noxious gas that can cause acid rain and breathing problems leading to serious health issues such as death.

Despite Washington industry’s best efforts to maintain the top spot, the scofflaw mountain emitted more of the lung-burning fumes every day throughout its nearly four-year period of recent activity than all of Washington’s industries combined.

“We simply cannot allow this sort of brazen and inconsiderate defiance of state code,” said Jay Manning, director of the state Department of Ecology. “We had to do something.”

Although the recent eruption has already come to a stop, the Department of Ecology explained that the mountain must still be made to pay for the damage that was done over the past four years.

“We would have issued the fine earlier,” said Manning, “but nobody in the office was willing to deliver the notice while the mountain was still erupting.”

Mt. St. Helens did not return a call seeking comment.

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4 Comments on "State Dept. of Ecology Fines Mt. St. Helens $250 Million"

  1. I am sure the mountain’s lawyer will be filing a timely appeal. We certainly have not heard the last of Mt St Helens.

  2. Great; just the headline made me laugh.

  3. Horses Sack | 2008-08-15 at 11:45 PM |

    Whew! I feel better know that this evil republican mountain is being severely punished for its crimes against the environment. We liberals should impose a “view” tax on this monstrocity. Are you viewing that picture? Cha-ching… just like the bag tax… pay up!

  4. Rex Road | 2008-08-16 at 12:47 PM |

    If the Washington Gov can put smelly toilets on Ebay that cost five million, they can darn sure get rid of one smoking mountain (not, by the way, at least 25 ft away from the nearest building).

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