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Bend Bullet Factory Cleanup Approved By Oregon Regulators

Oregon environmental regulators have approved the cleanup done by a bullet and ammunition manufacturer whose factory was damaged in a 2010 explosion.

The Bend Bulletin reports the blast at the Nosler Inc. plant in Bend caused the sprinkler system to run for 90 minutes, and the water was contaminated with lead.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says the company scrubbed drains and hauled tainted soil to the landfill, so no lead got into the Deschutes River or groundwater.

The factory was back to full operation about a year after the explosion, which leveled a corner of its building. The cleanup was finished last fall.

Bend fire department officials say a fire involving smokeless gunpowder in a testing room led to the blast, but they couldn’t pinpoint what caused the fire.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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