Category Archives: Dept. of Environmental Quality

Popular route near Cougar Lake cleared of boulders from landslide

Massive boulders — some the size of a pickup truck — bounced down the slope from Forest Road 19 to Cougar Lake on Monday, ending their journey with a thunderous splash.The massive landslide that has blocked the quickest and easiest route to Terwilliger Hot Springs from Eugene is mostly cleared. But the road, also known as […]
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Oregon Is Planning a Large Buildout of EV Charging Infrastructure

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality along with the state’s Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and other agencies are partnering on a project to allocate some $10.9 million to build out a more robust infrastructure for charging electric vehicles. Source: Oregon Is Planning a Large Buildout of EV Charging Infrastructure

Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics recycling

Relief is on the way for Oregon’s E-Cycles program, which was rocked this month by the forced liquidation of the second-largest company recycling Oregonians’ cast-off TVs, computers and other electronics. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics recycling

DEQ fines contractor $437K for asbestos abatement violations in Portland area

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a contractor nearly $437,000 for violating asbestos regulations on more than 100 projects, mainly in the Portland area, the agency reported Wednesday. Source: http://www.kptv.com/story/38623621/deq-fines-contractor-437k-for-asbestos-abatement-violations-in-portland-area

Oregon Company Fined For Numerous Asbestos Safety Violations

Oregon regulators have fined a Washington County company for violating asbestos rules more than 100 times. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined the company, Oregon Environmental LLC of Cornelius, more than $436,804. It also revoked the company’s license to handle asbestos. Source: Oregon Company Fined For Numerous Asbestos Safety Violations . News | OPB

State Environmental Regulators Ignored Warnings From Another State Agency That a Portland Auto Scrapyard Was Filled With Hazards

State environmental regulators were warned of dangers at a Northeast Portland scrapyard months before it went up in flames last March—not just by neighbors and environmental watchdogs but by another state agency. Source: State Environmental Regulators Ignored Warnings From Another State Agency That a Portland Auto Scrapyard Was Filled With Hazards

GP to test new recycling process

Sixty years ago, Georgia-Pacific opened its first containerboard plant on the site of a former sawmill in Toledo, a few miles inland from Newport on the Oregon coast. The operation was based on a radical idea for its time: Rather than chuck the waste wood from sawmilling into a wigwam burner for incineration, it could […]
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In westbound oil trains, worries focus on the next big spill

For about 30 miles alongside Glacier National Park, oil and water run together. The Middle Fork of the Flathead River marks Glacier’s southern boundary. On the far bank lies BNSF Railway’s “Hi-Line,” one of the main routes for transporting crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to the West Coast. Source: In westbound oil trains, […]
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Oregon must stop greenlighting mega-dairy projects

Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently revoked the waste-management permit of Lost Valley Farm, a mega-dairy in Boardman that has had particularly egregious violations since it started operating more than a year ago. From the beginning, the facility (which was permitted for 30,000 cows) has been a disaster. Source: Oregon […]
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Why I stand in opposition to dam removal along the Klamath River

TO: Chris Stein, Hydroelectric Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality\, 165 E Seventh Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 RE: Letter in Opposition to Dam Removal Along the Klamath River I stand in firm opposition to dam removal along the Klamath River. For multiple generations these dams have provided exemplary flood control, and abundance of clean, renewable, […]
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