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An air quality advisory for much of Oregon and southwest Washington that was initially expected to last only through Tuesday night, has now been extended for at least a week.

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Poor air conditions across the region have led agencies to announce smoke bans and advisories. 

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has finalized a cleanup plan for a contaminated wood treatment facility in Eugene. The J.H. Baxter plant dates back to 1943. State investigations of soil and water contamination at the site go all the way back to 1981 and the company agreed to several cleanup actions in the 1990s.

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A law firm is investigating a Eugene wood treatment facility, following recent complaints of a strong, noxious odor. 

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Public comment on a proposal for a Eugene company to bolster cleanup efforts on historic spills, ends Friday. The Department of Environmental Quality wants to mitigate any risk of further contamination.

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Nearly a month after a tanker truck crashed and spilled more than 9,000 gallons of fuel near Scottsburg, clean-up efforts have largely wrapped up. 

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More than 18,000 tons of soil contaminated with spilled fuel have been taken from a crash site near Scottsburg.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, crews are monitoring clean-up following a tanker truck accident late last month.

Oregon State Police

Last week, (10/22), a fuel tanker truck struck a cow, lost control, and hit a power pole near Scottsburg. KLCC’s Brian Bull has an update.

Lane County

Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield have been re-opened. They were closed for cleanup of an oil spill earlier this month. Lane County says the barriers blocking the river near Hayden Bridge have been removed and the river is open to boat traffic in that location. The Bellinger and Hendricks boat ramps are now open and accessible. Hayden Bridge boat ramp remains closed until further notice.

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Oil spilled into the McKenzie River last week doesn’t appear to be at levels sufficient to harm wildlife or people. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some boat-ramps are being closed off again as testing continues.

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Crews with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are on-site along the McKenzie River, following Monday’s oil spill from International Paper’s Springfield mill. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, access to three boat ramps remain closed until further notice.

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Following an oil spill, people are warned to avoid an 8-mile stretch of the McKenzie River -from Springfield’s Hayden Bridge to Eugene’s Armitage Park- until further notice. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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An environmental clean-up plan for Eugene’s railyard has been given the OK from the state.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it will tackle several decades’ worth of steady pollution.

Coburg Road Quarry

A Coburg rock products company faces more than $20,ooo in fines for letting muddy water run into the McKenzie River.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Portland and Western Railroad Company are continuing work to clean up about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled in Junction City, Tuesday. A locomotive ran over a rail clamp which was left on the tracks by a maintenance crew, causing the accident near Holly and 12th Streets. DEQ Spokesman Dave Balyea says there doesn't seem to be any wildlife or plant life affected.

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A 2 thousand acre wildfire near Estacada is creating unhealthy air quality in many parts of Oregon. The Department of Environmental Quality says the impacted areas range from Portland to the Southern Willamette Valley and will likely continue until Wednesday morning. DEQ spokesman Greg Svelund  says if people need to know the air quality in their area, sometimes it's best to look outside.

Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted

Jul 20, 2014

Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat.  The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)  morning.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating fish or going in the water at the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says dead fish have been showing up in the area and the cause of death is unknown at this time. As a precaution, people are warned to avoid the river water until more information is released. Dead fish or live ones caught in the area should not be consumed.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a Eugene Springfield sewage treatment company for a spill that occurred during a harsh February storm.

Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission was fined $7,800 dollars for releasing approximately 54,000 gallons of sludge into a drainage ditch connected to Flat Creek. The reason for the overflow was a pump failure caused by a power outage. Esther Westbrook is a Compliance and Enforcement Officer for the Oregon DEQ.

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Since 2009 the Oregon Electronic Recycling Program, or E-Cycles, has collected more than 120 million pounds of potential electronic waste for recycling. The program is poised to expand collection locations and the types of devices it recycles.