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Pollution Update - 2017-12-14

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to the City of Oakridge on Nov. 28 for causing “wastes to be placed in a location where such wastes are likely to be carried to waters of the state.” More specifically, DEQ expressed concerns about the fact that the city transports waste screened from its wastewater treatment plant “in an open bed dump truck to the landfill near Eugene, Oregon,” and that during transport  “debris and liquids spill onto the road.” DEQ cited this practice as a violation of the city’s Clean Water Act permit and of Oregon law, and as a “danger to public health.” DEQ has asked Oakridge to immediately cease this practice, and to properly label transport vehicles with “City of Oakridge placards.” — Doug Quirke/Oregon Clean Water Action Project