Oregon Bulletin

January 1, 2012



Request for Comments
Proposed No Further Action Decision for
Klamath Falls residential property

Comments due: Jan. 1 through Jan. 30, 2012

Project location: 1808 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls

Proposal: The Department of Environmental Quality proposes to issue a no further action decision regarding cleanup activities at the above referenced site. DEQ reviewed and approved work done to investigate pollution at the site and accepts the findings of risk-based cleanup report resulting from that investigation. DEQ issues a no further action decision when a cleanup project has met regulatory standards.

Highlights: Heating oil was spilled from an above ground storage tank onto the ground at the residence at 1808 Summers Lane in 2011. A site investigation confirmed the presence of petroleum in soil and groundwater, and found that the groundwater contaminant plume is stable and does not migrate off of the property. Residual contamination occurs below structural portions of the residence and through a risk-based evaluation, is considered to be protective of human health, welfare, and the environment.

How to comment: Send comments by 5 p.m., Jan. 30, 2012, to DEQ Project Manager Joe Klemz at 475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110, Bend, OR 97701, klemz.joe@deq.state.or.us or fax to 541-388-8283.

To review the project file, call Joe Klemz, 541-633-2015 for a file review appointment.

To access site summary information and other documents in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information database, go to www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsi.htm, then enter # 3414 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled # 3414 in the Site ID/Info column.

The next step: DEQ will consider all public comments received before making a final decision on the proposed no further action determination.

Accessibility information: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you need information in another format, please contact DEQ toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, email at deqinfo@deq.state.or.us, or 711 for people with hearing impairments.

People with hearing impairments may call 711.


COMMENTS DUE: January 31, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: NW Block of 6th and Riverside, Medford

PROPOSAL: DEQ proposes to approve the cleanup conducted at the Lithia Headquarters property in downtown Medford. DEQ requests public comment on its recommendation that no further investigation or cleanup action is required for petroleum-contaminated soil on this property.

BACKGROUND: For detailed project information please see a copy of the Lithia Motors Inc. September 2011 report on DEQ’s website at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wdr/?p=37338

DEQ’s proposed NFA determination applies to current Tax Lots #8200, 8100, and the northern portions of Tax Lots 7500 and 7700 within a city block bounded by Riverside Avenue (east), 6th Street (south), Bartlett Avenue (west), and 5th Street (north). Other tax lots within this city block (i.e., # 7600, 7800, 7900, and portions of 7700 and 8000; see attached figures) are NOT addressed by this NFA determination.

Several environmental site assessments previously documented environmental concerns including contamination of soil and shallow groundwater from petroleum hydrocarbons. The sources of these hydrocarbons were attributed to a nearby leaking underground storage tank, several auto hoists, a former fuel station, an oil-water separator release, a dry cleaners business, and automotive service stations.

Lithia Motors Inc. chose to incorporate additional site characterization and contaminated soil removal into their mid-2011 site preparation work before new building construction occurs in 2012. The site preparation included demolition of three vacant buildings, removal of concrete footings and relic utilities, and elimination of asphalt pavements used for parking lots. In consultation with DEQ, Lithia Motors sampled soil and shallow groundwater at locations where contamination was suspected from previous environmental investigations, and where it was observed in soils exposed during site demolition. Contaminated soils were excavated and disposed at an approved landfill.

Based on the available data, the site is considered safe for commercial or industrial uses. DEQ has concluded that there is no threat to human health and the environment for current and future site uses.

HOW TO COMMENT: Written comments must be received by January 31, 2010. Comments should be submitted to DEQ’s Eugene office, 165 East 7th Street, Eugene, OR 97401 or by e-mail at aitken.greg@deq.state.or.us. Questions may also be directed to Greg Aitken at the Eugene address or by calling him at 1-800-844-8467 ext 7361.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments before taking final action on this matter. A public meeting will be held to receive verbal comments on the proposed cleanup action upon written request by ten or more persons, or by a group with ten or more members.


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites public comment on a proposed partial no further action (PNFA) for a cleanup of soil contamination at the Georgia-Pacific Resins – White City property located at 1405 Antelope Road, White City, Oregon.

DEQ has reviewed the remedial action performed to close the former Ponds 2, 3, and 4 at the former Georgia-Pacific Resins – White City facility. The facility is located in a commercial/industrial zone in White City.

While operating, the plant produced formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde concentrate, and several resins. The facility formerly consisted of a processing plant, storage tanks, office and warehouse buildings, sludge drying ponds. The former Pond 2, 3, and 4 area is a part (4.1 acres) of the 8.5 acre Georgia-Pacific Resins – White City facility property. The partial No Further Action recommendation proposes closure for the 4.1 acre area enclosing former Ponds 2, 3, and 4 only.

Contamination in soil at the Site resulted from releases of formaldehyde and related compounds from past resin production operations. Small amounts of formaldehyde were likely present in wastewater and sludge that was treated in the ponds. However, the clay liners likely prevented significant transport of contaminants outside the footprints of former Ponds 2, 3, and 4. Georgia-Pacific LLC has completed soil cleanup at the Site by removing 4,910 cubic yards of soil from Ponds 2, 3, and 4. The soils were taken to Dry Creek Landfill, and the ponds were then backfilled with clean material.

Land use at the site is General Industrial, and the Georgia-Pacific Resins - White City property is part of the White City industrial area. Residual levels of formaldehyde and barium in the liners of the former Ponds 2, 3, and 4 are within the acceptable risk levels for industrial workers, construction workers, and excavation workers.

 DEQ is recommending a partial no further action (soils only) for the former Ponds 2, 3, and 4 since contaminated soils have been removed and properly disposed. Low residual levels of contamination are present in the soils at the former Ponds 2, 3, and 4. How­ever, the residual levels are safe for industrial workers, excavation workers, or construction crews that could be exposed to sub-surface soils.

 Project documents are available for public review at DEQ’s Eugene office, 165 E. 7th Avenue, Suite 100, Eugene 97401.
Contact the file specialist at (541) 686-7838 or 1-800-844-8467 (toll-free in Oregon) for an appointment. Please send written comments to Norman Read at the listed above address or via email at read.norm@deq.state.or.us. DEQ must receive written comments by 5 p.m., January 31, 2012.

The online versions of the OARs and Oregon Bulletin are provided for convenience of reference and enhanced access. The official, record copies of these publications are the original paper filings.


Oregon State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310