Oregon regulators have proposed a fine of nearly $80,000 and clean-up deadline for a Coos Bay company as a result of a landslide last year that dumped an estimated 200 to 300 dump-truck loads of soil, mud and trees into a slough.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Johnson Rock Products contests the action. The company says the fill it placed on a hillside home construction project met industry standards and held for eight months, until the entire slope failed in heavy spring rain.
The debris landed in a waterway used by protected salmon and sturgeon called Coalbank Slough.
Separately, two environmental groups have sued in federal court in Eugene seeking penalties from the company and the homeowner. Both have denied responsibility.