Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards. “Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Public records request received by Island County Planning on 8/9/17:

I am interested in inspecting any records indicating verification/inspection of vehicles to ensure all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

A later Public Records request resulted in an email conversation between the Planning Dept. Director and Health Dept. Director on 8/18/17.

Planning Director question to Health Director:

“Do you have any thoughts about this?  How would we (IC) have any records about disposal of fluids from junk vehicles, assuming he’s referring to privately owned vehicles?”

No answer from Health Dept. Director is revealed in e-mails.

Another Public Records Request to Island County Health Dept. on 11/29/17

“I request all records- going back to June 1st, 2017 showing that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Response from Health Dept. on 11/30/17:

“As discussed, here are the records that we have on our computers. When the email search is finished, if there are any additional files, I will pass those on to you or let you know that the request is closed with the files I am sending today.”

No indication found in “…the records that we have on our computers.” that the County Health Dept. has verified that vehicles have had all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

Response from Health Dept. on 12/15/17:

“As discussed on the phone, the email search returned no responsive records.This officially closes your request from 11/29/2017.”

 

Property History:

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

I was carbon copied on a March 04, 2015 email conversation between a County Commissioner and the Director of Island County Planning:

County Commissioner: First name of Planning Director “…were you able to find out any facts on this property.” First name of Health Director “…said it is not a health matter as the vehicles are not leaking hazardous fluids. I am just curious what is happening, if anything.”

A public records request has been submitted to the Island County Health Dept. to request a copy of any written policies or procedures used for on-site inspection of junk cars. So far- this request has resulted in no written policies, procedures, checklists, etc. from Island County.

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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