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Oregon DEQ Finds 40 Different Chemicals In North Coast Groundwater Wells


Paige Evans, with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, samples a well on the state's north coast.

Paige Evans, with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, samples a well on the state’s north coast.

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Nearly 40 different contaminants, including nitrates, pesticides, metals and bacteria, have been detected in well water on Oregon’s north coast, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday.

DEQ tested about 70 residential and irrigation wells in Clatsop and Tillamook counties, including wells serving a fish hatchery and a public soccer field, as part of a new effort to compile groundwater aquifer data statewide.

Most contaminants identified were at levels allowed by EPA guidelines, but some wells exceeded health standards for nitrates and coliform bacteria.

Elevated levels of nitrates and bacteria in drinking water could pose a health risk to pregnant women, infants and other vulnerable populations, DEQ said.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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