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,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com, or 711 for people with hearing impairments.
People with hearing impairments may call 711.
DEQ PROPOSES NO FURTHER ACTION AT
LITHIA HEADQUARTERS PROPERTY
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A CHANCE TO COMMENT ON
A PROPOSED PARTIAL NO FURTHER ACTION
FOR PONDS 2, 3, AND 4 OF THE GEORGIA-PACIFIC RESINS - WHITE CITY PROPERTY,
LOCATED AT 1405 ANTELOPE ROAD, WHITE CITY, OREGON
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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.