Category Archives: Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Federal Judge Orders Stronger Cold-Water Fish Protections In Oregon Rivers

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its pollution cleanup plans for Oregon rivers. U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernández rejected water quality standards that were submitted to the EPA by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Source: Federal Judge Orders Stronger Cold-Water Fish Protections In Oregon Rivers

Oregon Legislature to weigh statewide plastic bag tax, single-use straw ban

The Oregon Legislature will consider a tax on plastic bags and a ban on plastic straws to help reduce plastic waste that ends up in landfills. Source: Oregon Legislature to weigh statewide plastic bag tax, single-use straw ban

A little smoke now is a small price to pay

With the advent of cold, wet weather, smoke plumes began appearing in the nearby hills, especially above Ashland. Predictably, some residents are complaining about that, especially if they can smell smoke in town. Prescribed burning of slash piles occurs every fall and spring — the “shoulder seasons” between the summer fire season and the winter. […]
Read More »

Law appears to side with pig farm | Editorial

Land-use conflicts are nothing new, and the one shaping up near Ashland is a classic. Operators of a free-range pig farm want to add a chicken-slaughtering and meat-processing facility on their property. Neighbors, including Weisinger’s winery, are objecting to what they fear will be runoff into an irrigation canal, odors and other disturbances. Source: Law […]
Read More »

Judge resolves motions in Tillamook dairy lawsuit

An Oregon judge has refused to reconsider throwing out a “public nuisance” claim in a lawsuit filed by a Tillamook oysterman over alleged dairy pollution. Source: Judge resolves motions in Tillamook dairy lawsuit

Federal Government Targets Canby, Molalla for Drinking Water Quality Improvement

At different times over the years, Canby residents have complained about water that, while safe to drink, smelled and tasted like maybe you’d rather not. In the coming new year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will develop a detailed assessment and strategy to address agricultural impacts on source water quality in the Canby and […]
Read More »

Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits

In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide. Source: Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits

Editorial: Lawmakers should ignore the fuel industry and dare to be different

Iowa biofuel exec says unprecedented transparency could cripple Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. So what? Here’s a prediction for the coming legislative session, which begins in January: The fuel industry, led by Chevron, will seek to change the law underpinning Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program in a way that hides the operation of its credit market securely […]
Read More »

Superfund Status Should Not Impede Proposed Ballpark on Portland Harbor

Terminal 2 is part of federally required cleanup but liability for that rests with the current owner. Many questions remain unanswered about the Portland Diamond Project’s proposal to build a Major League Baseball stadium on the Willamette River in Northwest Portland. Source: Superfund Status Should Not Impede Proposed Ballpark on Portland Harbor – Willamette Week

Rain allows beginning of controlled burns

The fires are back, but in healthy, controlled amounts this time. Ashland Fire and Rescue officials said expect to see smoke during the rainy season because there’s “LOTS of burning to get through before fire season 2019. ” Controlled, or prescribed, burns started Tuesday and will continue through the season if there’s plenty of rain. […]
Read More »