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

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

Update: Water samples show low levels of fuel chemicals in North Santiam River following OR 22 spill

Federal, state and local responders continue to clean up spilled fuel and contaminated soil along the banks of the North Santiam River near Idanha – east of Salem and Detroit Lake on OR 22 – following a crash on Feb. 16. The agencies responsible for managing the response are monitoring water quality in the areaContinue reading “Update: Water samples show low levels of fuel chemicals in North Santiam River following OR 22 spill”

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”

Cleanup continues at North Santiam fuel spill site

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality continues to oversee cleanup and monitoring near the site of a Feb. 16 truck crash and fuel release on Highway 22 about 60 miles east of Salem. Of the 10,600 gallons of fuel on board the double tanker, 7,871 gallons spilled and the remaining fuel was recovered. Fuel isContinue reading “Cleanup continues at North Santiam fuel spill site”

Federal and state agencies respond to tanker spill on highway 22 near North Santiam River

A tanker truck carrying more than 10,000 gallons of fuel overturned Sunday on Highway 22 about 60 miles east of Salem, spilling more than half of its load. An unknown amount was released into the North Santiam River, which provides drinking water for nearby communities and the city of Salem. A hazardous materials team andContinue reading “Federal and state agencies respond to tanker spill on highway 22 near North Santiam River”

Tips for safely managing debris from flood damaged buildings

Hoja informativa: Manejo seguro de los escombros de los edificios dañados por las inundaciones Many structures and buildings in Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties, including lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, suffered significant damage from recent flooding. Debris from damaged structures can pose a threat to people and the environment ifContinue reading “Tips for safely managing debris from flood damaged buildings”

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.