Tag Archives: DEQ

DEQ fines Stayton, Marion County for Jordan Bridge water pollution

State environmental regulators have fined Marion County and the city of Stayton for polluting state waterways while pressure washing the Jordan Bridge in the city’s Pioneer Park. Paint chips and wood debris washed off the covered foot-bridge into Salem Ditch, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said. Source: DEQ fines Stayton, Marion County for Jordan […]
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 APES POLLUTION CONTROL STILL UP IN THE AIR

Oil recyling refinery still hasn’t installed anti-smog devices, facing fines by Department of Environmental Quality. Source: Pamplin Media Group – APES POLLUTION CONTROL STILL UP IN THE AIR

State official to tour asphalt site

Mixing operation has fueled odor, noise complaints. A state environmental official will visit Wednesday the site of an asphalt mixing operation that has sparked odor and noise complaints in recent days. Karen White-Fallon, an air quality program inspector in the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, plans to tour the old Diamond West Lumber site at […]
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Wildfire haze hurts Gorge air quality

A shroud of smoke caused by fires around the Pacific Northwest has hemmed in the Columbia Gorge. David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, explained this week a handful of major fires — such as the Whitewater Fire near Mount Jefferson, and other blazes as far as British Columbia — contributed […]
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Drifting wildfire smoke decreases air quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and state and local health officials urge residents throughout much of Oregon to take health precautions from smoke caused by wildfires. Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive populations throughout Central and Eastern Oregon, including the communities of Sisters, The Dalles, Baker City, Pendleton and La Grande, according to a […]
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Haze and heat lead to DEQ air pollution advisory

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that a smoky haze was building across the valley mostly because smoke from the Whitewater Fire near Mount Jefferson and fires burning in British Columbia is drifting into Oregon and Washington. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Haze and heat lead to DEQ air pollution advisory

H&V seeks greenway permit

A local manufacturer that wants to upgrade its pollution control equipment will have to wait at least two more weeks for a decision. A local manufacturer that wants to upgrade its pollution control equipment will have to wait at least two more weeks for a decision. Source: H&V seeks greenway permit | Local | democratherald.com

Smoke from Northwest fires blows over Columbia Basin

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality alert for the Columbia Basin due to smoke from Northwest wildfires. The Columbia Basin has been socked in by heavy smoke from multiple large wildfires across the Northwest, and it may be a few days before hazy skies begin to clear. The Oregon Department […]
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Prospect fire grows in excessive heat

Several wildfires are burning across the region as the heat continues. The 1,241-acre Blanket Creek fire, located near the Cold Springs trailhead nine miles northeast of Prospect in the Red Blanket Creek drainage, was considered 7 percent contained Tuesday, according to information on the InciWeb Incident Information System website. Sparked by lightning and reported July […]
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Pumice mine proposed near Prospect

Near a scenic, tree-lined stretch of Highway 62 near Prospect, a landowner has proposed a 23.5-acre mining operation that would increase truck traffic, create noise and impact deer and elk habitat. RH Holdings LLC owns the property at 49990 Highway 62, accessed off Ginkgo Road. The property is surrounded by federal forests and sits midway between […]
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