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Chemithon Corp. v. Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency

Citation: 12 ELR 20420
No. No. 8633-2-1, 640 P.2d 1085/18 ERC 1647/31 Wash. App. 276, (Wash. Ct. App., 02/16/1982)

The court upholds a penalty imposed for violation of a visual opacity standard even though appellant did not violate the companion particulate standard. It rejects appellant's argument that the visual opacity test creates only a presumption of illegal pollution subject to rebuttal proof that actual emissions are within particulate standards. The opacity standard is independent of the particulate standard. The court declines to speculate why lawful particulate effluents mixed with nonpolluting water vapor create unlawful pollution, observing that there are possible rational bases for this rule.

Counsel for Appellant
J. Richard Aramburu
505 Madison St., Seattle WA 98104
(206) 625-9515

Counsel for Respondent
Keith D. McGoffin
Rovai, McGoffin, Rentel & Turner
818 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma WA 98405
(206) 272-9303

JAMES and WILLIAMS, JJ., concur.