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East Oregonian: Contaminated Wells May Force E. Ore. Town To Annex Territory

East Oregonian | April 10, 2014 6:41 a.m. | Updated: April 11, 2014 10:20 a.m.

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PHIL WRIGHT

Wells north of Milton-Freewater are a public health threat, due to fecal contamination, a state inspection found. And the city may be forced to connect water and sewer to the site.

The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority released the nine-page preliminary report Monday. Inspectors found “there is substantial evidence that a danger to public health exists in the affected territory,” which is just north of the city limits but inside the urban growth boundary.

The report came after at least 11 residents in the area petitioned Umatilla County to examine if the wells were a threat under Oregon’s Health Hazard Abatement Law. In August the county commissioners voted 3-0 the threat existed, and that initiated the state inspection.

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