Tag Archives: Environmental Cleanup

Guest column: Clean up the “forever chemicals” in Oregon and around the country

The recent reports that drinking water supplies at the Oregon National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program in Bend were contaminated with highly toxic fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, proves that Oregon is not immune to the growing contamination crisis sweeping the country. Source: Guest column: Clean up the “forever chemicals” in Oregon and around the country;

Now You Can Adopt a Beach on Oregon Coast Through SOLVE

Help wanted: volunteer caretakers of Oregon coast beaches. The environmental and anti-litter group SOLVE – the organization that runs the twice-yearly beach cleanups – has launched a new program where individuals or groups can adopt a beach and help take care of it. Partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the two have created […]
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Wood treatment plant in west Eugene agrees to more cleanup

State regulators have finalized the cleanup plan for a wood treatment business in west Eugene.JH Baxter & Co. has agreed to take numerous additional steps to reduce the health risk stemming from soil and groundwater contamination at its 31-acre site on Roosevelt Boulevard. The company has treated wood at the site with toxic chemicals since […]
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DEQ announces cleanup plan for J.H. Baxter plant in Eugene

The announcement comes after some Eugene residents reported a mysterious odor earlier this month that Lane Regional Air Protection Agency officials said was traced back to the wood treatment plant. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has finalized a cleanup plan for contamination at the J.H. Baxter & Co. wood treatment plant in Eugene. State […]
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Northwest States And Tribes Call For Superfund Listing At Bradford Island 

The Yakama Nation and the states of Oregon and Washington are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare a new Superfund site on the Columbia River at Bradford Island alongside Bonneville Dam. The federal government used Bradford Island as a dump site for decades. It hosted a landfill as well as discarded hydroelectric equipment containing the toxic […]
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Cleanup complete at controversial Oregon dairy

Oregon farm regulators are satisfied with the cleanup of a defunct Oregon dairy with a history of wastewater violations and are reviewing a proposal to restart its operations. Inspectors from the Oregon Department of Agriculture have verified that solid and liquid waste was fully removed from Lost Valley Farm before the Oct. 31 deadline established […]
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EPA Rejects Business’ Proposal To Scale Back Cleanup Plans For Portland Harbor

Four of the parties responsible for cleaning up the polluted Portland Harbor say new testing shows the Superfund cleanup plan should be scaled back. The Environmental Protection Agency disagrees. Source: EPA Rejects Business’ Proposal To Scale Back Cleanup Plans For Portland Harbor . News | OPB

Hanford nuclear waste report comes up short, say experts

Not enough is known to decide on the best and most economical way to treat much of the low-activity radioactive waste in Hanford’s underground tanks, said a committee of the National Academies of Sciences. Still, a decision may need to be made soon to be ready to treat the waste on schedule, it said. Source: […]
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Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two major environmental cleanup contracts for up to a year at a contaminated nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that the extensions were granted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation rather than establishing new contracts that might have caused delays. Source: Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts […]
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Cannery Pier Hotel faces $1 million oil cleanup bill

Settlement reached over costly spill. The Cannery Pier and the estate of late founder Robert “Jake” Jacob face a nearly $1 million bill for the cleanup of an oil spill last year. A settlement agreement filed Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice requires the hotel and estate to pay $994,146 to the Coast Guard’s […]
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