Tag Archives: DEQ

Mushroom compost facility pulls out of Oregon

Ostrom Mushroom Farm has decided not to build its newest compost facility in Oregon, opting instead for Sunnyside, Washington. After months of flirting with development in Umatilla County, Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms has decided instead to build its new mushroom compost facility across state lines in Sunnyside, Washington, partially blaming regulatory hurdles in Oregon. Source: Mushroom […]
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Potentially harmful bacteria found in Tenmile Lake

A health advisory was issued for South Tenmile Lake Monday after a blue-green algae bloom was found in the Coleman arm portion of the lake. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality collected samples Tuesday to see if toxins are present in the bloom. Rebecca Hillwig, natural resource specialist with Oregon Health Authority, said they’re hoping […]
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Air monitoring planned for TD 

The state’s lone long-term air toxics monitor will be set up in The Dalles soon to take a wide variety of air samples for a year, starting in July. Also starting next month will be a shorter, more targeted 30-day air sampling, focusing on the AmeriTies West plant. Source: Air monitoring planned for TD | […]
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DEQ fines two Eugene businesses for stormwater violations

Two Eugene businesses face fines from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for allegedly violating storm­water pollution rules. The DEQ fined Oregon Ice Cream $36,171, saying the Washington-based ice cream maker failed to implement a plan to address zinc, copper and suspended solids in the stormwater at its ice cream plant at Grant Street and […]
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How Oregon tried to block pollution records from public

Miles Johnson, an attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper, wanted to see reports showing how much water pollution 17 different cities and businesses spew into the Columbia River. Source: How Oregon tried to block pollution records from public | OregonLive.com

Wolgamott: Basin’s groundwater at risk from industrial ag, proposed mega-dairy — Guest Opinion

The permit for the Lost Valley mega-dairy, issued by the Oregon Department of Environment Quality, my former employer, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture will make a 30- year-old pollution problem even worse. Not long before I left DEQ in 2010, I was asked to attend the annual Farm Fair in Hermiston. I was specially […]
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Dairy responds to environmental petition

Lost Valley Farm has responded to a petition for reconsideration filed by a coalition of special interest groups. The owner of a controversial new mega-dairy in Morrow County says his farming practices go above and beyond what’s required to protect the environment, and efforts to halt his operation would cause “tragic” injuries to the cows […]
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Sparse showing at recent gold mine meeting 

Few people attended the Thursday public information meeting or commented on the issues surrounding the proposed gold mining operation in Malheur County. However, main concerns that were discussed were about roads. The public meeting at Four Rivers Cultural Center, as well as an upcoming one in Bend on June 14, was a result of Calico […]
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Governor backtracks, releasing email showing why she opposed DEQ pick

Gov. Kate Brown’s office on Wednesday released six emails it earlier withheld from The Oregonian/OregonLive, including talking points that make clear the governor opposed the hiring of Richard Whitman as the state’s top environmental official. The talking points for the governor’s lobbying of commission members explicitly endorse Missouri regulator Leanne Tippett Mosby, the other finalist, […]
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Oregon Business – Morning Roundup

Labor union uses transportation plan as bargaining chip, Boardman solar energy project expedited and Oregon shell company bill poised to pass. Source: Oregon Business – Morning Roundup