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DEQ issues emergency order to help Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties recover from severe flooding

Flooding on I-84. Photo courtesy Oregon State Police.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an emergency order to help farmers, ranchers, residents and businesses recover after recent floods caused significant damage to an estimated 300 structures in Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties.

DEQ’s order comes alongside Governor Kate Brown’s state of emergency declaration for the same three counties, which cited ongoing public health and safety risks from buildings damaged by the floods.

The order temporarily suspends several environmental rules and fees to expedite the cleanup of flood debris and ensure ongoing protection of people and the environment.

Specifically, the order:

Options for solid waste disposal:

The temporary order expires June 1, 2020 for the asbestos program and Sept. 1, 2020 for solid waste and septic systems.

View the full emergency order here.

Find more information about safely repairing homes and buildings after the floods.

Hoja informativa: Manejo seguro de los escombros de los edificios dañados por las inundaciones


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