Category Archives: Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

New prescribed burn smoke rules will do little to improve air quality

Recently the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules that relax air quality standards to permit more prescribed burning. The assumption behind the new standards is that greater prescribed burning in spring and fall will reduce smoke from wildfires in the summer. Source: New prescribed burn smoke rules will do little to improve air […]
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Contaminated soil hauled from tanker crash site on I-5 near Keizer

A cleanup operation was in full gear Thursday to clear contaminated soil following the crash of a tanker truck on Interstate 5 near Keizer last week. About 1,100 gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of gasoline were spilled after the truck overturned, according to Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality. Source: […]
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State DEQ fines Willamette University for repeated hazardous waste violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality his fined Willamette University $5,100 for four hazardous waste management violations found during an inspection of its maintenance yard. Source: State DEQ fines Willamette University for repeated hazardous waste violations

Dredge miners recast as aquatic health technicians, seek Oregon funds

Oregon’s suction dredge miners, recently banned from gold mining in salmon-bearing streams, are taking a new tack. They’ve formed a nonprofit, called StreamSavers, and are asking the Legislature to fund stream cleanup projects using their dredge equipment. Source: Dredge miners recast as aquatic health technicians, seek Oregon funds

New Carissa 20 years later: Remembering the beached ship that just wouldn’t leave the Oregon Coast

The saga of the New Carissa began 20 years ago this month, when the huge wood chip hauler ran aground a couple miles north of Coos Bay. A torpedo sent the bulk of the freighter down nearly 11,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean far off shore about five weeks later in March 1999, but the […]
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State fines Clackamas waste company more than $250,000 for environmental violations

Safety Kleen Systems, a Texas-based hazardous waste disposal company, has been fined $260,900 for multiple violations of Oregon environmental laws at its facility in Clackamas, officials said Thursday. Source: State fines Clackamas waste company more than $250,000 for environmental violations

6 cities sue: Oregon stormwater rules will hike fees for ratepayers, home buyers

Six Oregon cities are suing the state Department of Environmental Quality over new stormwater discharge requirements they say will be outrageously expensive for ratepayers and will drive up home prices. Source: 6 cities sue: Oregon stormwater rules will hike fees for ratepayers, home buyers

Umatilla County tops state with waste collection event

Umatilla County collected 12 tons of hazardous household waste at its September drop-off drive, topping every other event in the state. The DEQ is suggesting other counties emulate the program. Gina Miller in the county’s planning department planned and coordinated the Sept. 22 free disposal of household hazards ranging from old paint to car batteries […]
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Portland, Harbor Of Hope Celebrate New Homeless Shelter, But Questions Remain

Backers of a homeless shelter funded by the CEO of Columbia Sportswear say they are days away from breaking ground on the project. Whether that’s true is unclear. Source: Portland, Harbor Of Hope Celebrate New Homeless Shelter, But Questions Remain . News | OPB

Vaccination Bill | Venture Capital | Prescribed Burns – OPB’s Think Out Loud

After an outbreak of measles in Washington and Oregon, Washington Rep. Monica Stonier is proposing a bill that would stop allowing vaccine exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons. We talk to Stonier about the bill. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules last week that should make it easier to use prescribed burns to […]
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