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Pollution Update 4-21-16

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assessed a civil penalty of $6,600 against Maryland-based W.R. Grace & Co. – Conn. on April 6 for illegally transporting thousands of pounds of hazardous waste from a Portland warehouse to a Grace manufacturing facility in Albany in May of last year. Grace can appeal the penalty, pay it, or offset it by implementing a “supplemental environmental project.” DEQ is currently accepting comments on erosion control plans for two Eugene construction projects: Seneca Sawmill’s log yard (comments due April 21) and McKenzie Deerhorn Estates (east of Walterville; comments due May 2). Visit goo.gl/Yp4iAK for more information on commenting.