Tag Archives: DEQ

Murphy Company looking to fill Eugene wetlands for expansion

Eugene wood products firm Murphy Company wants to fill in nearly 20 acres of ponds and wetlands in northwest Eugene as it prepares to expand its plywood plant. The company’s application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this month comes as Murphy Company looks to construct at least one new building, a glue loft, […]
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Oregon dam removal complies with water quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has determined that removal of John C. Boyle Dam along the Klamath River in Oregon will comply with all water quality standards, limitations and restrictions set by Oregon water law and the federal Clean Water Act. A decision on a similar permit in regards to dams slated for removal […]
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Water cert is latest step forward in dam removal

Despite opposition from the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and many local citizens, another milestone has been reached in the process leading up to the removal of four dams along the Klamath River. A water quality certification, essential for removal of the J.C. Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Oregon, was issued on Friday by the […]
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My View: Toxin-free air is issue for all Oregonians

I live in Lake Oswego, but Oregon is one state, not two. We in the Portland area should be just as concerned about toxic emissions released in rural Arlington as we are about any location in Oregon, a place we choose to make home. Why does Louisiana care more about its environment than Oregon? Source: […]
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State levies hefty fine against Northeast Portland scrapyard after 5-alarm blaze

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a hefty fine to NW Metals, the Northeast Portland scrapyard that caught fire in March, for violating a number of the state’s environmental laws. In a letter to the company dated Aug. 30, the agency said NW Metals was being penalized for disposing of waste in ways […]
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Eugene-Springfield’s landfill has lots of life left, even with recycling changes

More recyclables going into the landfill serving Eugene-Springfield likely won’t put a noticeable dent in its usable life — at least for the next century. The rules for curbside recycling in the cities changed earlier this year, causing more plastics to probably end up in the Short Mountain Landfill about 10 miles south on Interstate […]
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A foul fight: Oregon’s last resort to tackle polluters focuses on odors

Oregonians concerned about toxic air are filing complaints about smells, in a loophole last-chance effort to get the state to crack down on industrial sites. But does that let polluters who don’t create smelly fumes off the hook? Two days after Kris Kronkright moved to The Dalles in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge, she noticed […]
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Act Locally: Monitoring use of pesticides in our Valley (Part 2)

What’s the point? Non-point! Walk, bike, or drive through Ashland’s outskirts, and you might notice cattail ditches skirting the road’s edges, plus the occasional sign reading; “NO SPRAY.” These cattail-lined roads are the jurisdiction of Jackson County (as opposed to the city or the state). The signs are there to remind county workers that the […]
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Oregon Makes Case For Prescribed Fire Smoke

Oregon is proposing to change how it regulates smoke. The idea is to make it easier to use intentionally set or prescribed fire on public and private land. Wildfire smoke has increasingly become a point of contention in communities across the Pacific Northwest. For example, Southern Oregon has experienced the worst air quality in the […]
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Locals unload over smoke as officials weigh controlled burn changes

A meeting intended to discuss proposed looser limits to controlled burns during the off-season became a lightning rod of catharsis for Southern Oregonians who’d far exceeded their smoke limit for the summer. A crowd of upwards of 70 locals turned out to the Smullin Health Education Center Wednesday evening to voice frustration on a variety […]
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