DEQ extends vehicle inspection station closures to at least May 31, other inspection options available

Following the decision to close DEQ vehicle inspection stations, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted an emergency order, Wednesday, March 18, to allow for short-term deferrals of emissions test requirements. The deferrals apply to motor vehicles with registrations expiring between Feb. 15 and April 14, 2020 that have not already been renewed.

Memories of the New Carissa

Swollen seas and strong winds combined to push the New Carissa onto the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay in winter 1999, starting an epic cleanup and removal saga for the large beached boat.

Twenty-one years later the New Carissa remains one of the biggest environmental disasters in Oregon history.

DEQ responds to underground gasoline tank release in Canyonville

An underground storage tank at a service station in Canyonville failed recently, releasing an estimated 3,000 gallons of gasoline into the ground. Some of the fuel seeped through the ground and into the creek near the Main Street crossing. The creek is a tributary of the South Umpqua River. The Oregon Department of Environmental QualityContinue reading “DEQ responds to underground gasoline tank release in Canyonville”

FRIDAY UPDATE: Excavation complete at OR 22 fuel spill cleanup, highway repaving underway

Cleanup crews finished excavating petroleum contaminated soil Thursday at the site of a fuel spill along the banks of the North Santiam River near Idanha – east of Salem and Detroit Lake on OR 22. The spill resulted from a tanker truck crash on Feb. 16 at milepost 63. In all, cleanup crews dug upContinue reading “FRIDAY UPDATE: Excavation complete at OR 22 fuel spill cleanup, highway repaving underway”

DEQ Laboratory releases air toxics monitoring summary

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released its 2018 Oregon Air Toxics Monitoring Summary for six locations around the state, including The Dalles, La Grande and four sites in the Portland-metro area. The goal was to determine concentrations in certain communities, including urban and rural areas, and compare the results. DEQ will use the informationContinue reading “DEQ Laboratory releases air toxics monitoring summary”

Update on OR 22 spill cleanup

Cleanup crews Tuesday are digging up and hauling away petroleum contaminated soil following a tanker truck spill Sunday on OR 22 east of Salem and Detroit Lake. The tanker, owned by Space Age Fuel, crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday near milepost 63, alongside the North Santiam River. About 7,800 gallons of the about 10,600Continue reading “Update on OR 22 spill cleanup”

DEQ to play a big role in upcoming legislative session

The biennial “short session” of the Oregon Legislature opens Monday, Feb. 3, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will figure prominently when the gavels come down in the House and Senate.