Court cuts fine for couple’s burn pile that included animals

Oregon

Some existing regulations were ambiguous

LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — A ranching couple that was fined nearly $18,000 for creating an illegal burn pile that included 40 dead animals has contested the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s penalty and won.

The Capital Press reports a judge reduced the fine to $3,000 because the burn was on residential property, some existing regulations were ambiguous, and the first-time offenders cooperated with state officials to make amends.

The state issued the fine in October 2019, alleging that Wahl Livestock LLC owners Bethany and Mark Wahl in Lebanon had violated two Oregon laws: leaving an open burn unattended and burning illegal materials, including furniture, garbage, dead cattle, and dead sheep. 

Follow KOIN 6 for the latest news and weather

App

Download our FREE news and weather apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our email newsletters.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Twitter News Widget

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss