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Salem Cleaners Face Hazardous Waste Fine

July 12, 2013 8:29 p.m.

Environmental regulators say a Salem-area dry-cleaning business spilled a toxic solvent into the city’s sewer system.

Environment | local

Portland Hearing Considers Hanford As Hazardous Waste Storage Site

May 17, 2012 6 a.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology is in the process of renewing the permit for treating and storing hazardous waste at the Hanford nuclear site.

Environment | local | Business

Hillsboro Company Pays Federal Fine For Shipping Hazardous Waste

Sept. 27, 2011 1:30 p.m.

A Hillsboro company has agreed to pay $17,000 to settle federal charges that it illegally shipped hazardous waste to Hong Kong.

Science | Environment | Sustainability

Oregon DEQ Hits Northwest’s Biggest Electronics Recycler With Six-Figure Fine

April 4, 2017 12:10 a.m.

Seattle-based Total Reclaim failed to label shipments of old electronics as hazardous waste.

Environment | local | Economy | Business

Portland Business Owner Will Serve Jail Time For Waste Violations

June 6, 2008 8:43 a.m.

A business owner will be going to jail over hazardous waste violations.  It's thought to be the first such prison sentence in Oregon.


Central Oregon Businessman Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste

Aug. 6, 2009 4:28 p.m.

A businessman who owns a 500-acre ranch near Prineville, has been charged with illegally dumping hazardous waste there -- into a volcanic cinder cone.

Environment | Land

Oregon Adopts Voluntary Green Cleanup Policy

Nov. 9, 2011 8:59 p.m.

PORTLAND -- Oregon's Department of Environment Quality today announced it's adopting a ["Green Remediation Policy"]( "") for cleaning up hazardous waste sites, but companies responsible for the waste don't have to follow the policy.


Nuclear relic

Oct. 2, 2011 2:27 a.m.

The scale of operations at the Hanford Site, scene of a multi-billion-dollar cleanup of a half-century of accumulated hazardous waste, cannot fail to impress.<

News | Environment | local | Water

DEQ Investigates Glen Creek Contamination After Fish Go Belly-Up

Sept. 16, 2017 6:46 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a possible contamination of Glen Creek after dead fish were found floating in the water Friday.

News | Environment | local

DEQ Announces Fine In Bend Chemical Case

May 9, 2013 10:12 p.m.

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has fined a Central Oregon man more than $61,000 after he allegedly abandoned thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals at a Bend storage facility.

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Think Out Loud

The Art of Hard Times

March 10, 2009 4 p.m.

The latest "everyone has to tighten their belts" news came out last week, and it wasn't pretty. As the Oregonian reported, among the budget lines being cut to make up for the $855 million shortfall: $2 million that goes to counties for economic development; $1.2 million to treat problem gamblers; $4.1 million aimed at cleaning up sites contaminated by hazardous waste; and $900,000 to prevent child abuse. And then there was $1.8 million from the Oregon Cultural Trust. It's this last bit that has engendered a firestorm of angry protest by bringing up two very different questions. There's a specific one: Is it appropriate for the state to use money donated for a clear purpose — in this case to fund humanities and arts projects — to plug a budget shortfall in a miserable biennium? And then there's a more general one: How much money should be spent on the arts in such a difficult time?

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Nuclear Northwest

Feb. 18, 2009 5 p.m.

Oregon's only foray into nuclear energy came to a final end in 2006 with the demolition of PGE's  Trojan nuclear reactor. That nuclear power plant was plagued with problems and citizen activist groups fought to shut it down. In 1979, the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island galvanized public opposition and effectively halted new nuclear projects. But in recent years, the threat of climate change and the recognition of the need to reduce our carbon footprint seems to be changing attitudes about nuclear power. Nuclear advocates say technology has come a long way since the 1970's that and that the key to supplying the nation's energy demands — without carbon emissions — is nuclear power.

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