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DEQ Grants Port of Morrow Modified Permit for Wastewater Treatment

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has granted the Port of Morrow a modified permit for industrial wastewater treatment and land application. To comply with...

As Many as 60 Vehicles Crash on Interstate 5 On Wednesday

Interstate 5 was closed down most of Wednesday following a pileup involving more than 60 vehicles. Around 8 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to...

Oregon DEQ Fines Lamb Weston $127,000 for Nitrogen Pollution

By Alex Baumhardt A Lamb Weston plant in Hermiston allowed hundreds of tons of excess nitrogen to be spread on two farms, potentially adding pollution...

Lawmakers Approve $882,000 for Water Emergencies in E. Oregon

By Alex Baumhardt State lawmakers granted nearly $6 million to address well water issues in eastern and southern Oregon. The money was approved at a meeting...

U.S. Senate’s Inflation Reduction Bill Seen as Big Win for Oregon

By Alex Baumhardt Clean energy developers, farmers, ranchers, forest and home owners in Oregon are slated to get hundreds of millions of dollars in grants,...

Transportation EV-olution: Oregon Reaches Electric Vehicle Milestone

The state of Oregon recently passed a milestone in its effort to bolster public opinion of electric vehicles. In April, the state surpassed 50,000 registered...

DEQ Launches Tool to Improve Public Access to Water Quality Data

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released a new online tool that will give the public greater access to water quality monitoring data....

M.C. Commissioner Troubled by Inaction on High Nitrates in Water

This is just a portion of a special report by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. For the full story, click on the link at the...

Morrow County Declares Emergency Over Groundwater Nitrate Pollution

By Alex Baumhardt In an unprecedented action, the Morrow County Commission Thursday declared a local state of emergency over groundwater nitrate pollution that has compromised...

Report: Contamination Worsened as DEQ Went Easy on Port of Morrow

An investigation by the Oregon Capital Chronicle shows that the state’s chief environmental agency knowingly let the Port of Morrow pollute year after year,...

Corps to Connect Dam Wastewater System to Umatilla’s Sewer System

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District will begin construction this summer to connect the McNary Dam wastewater sewer system to the...

Investigation: Little Has Been Done About Port’s Polluted Water

By Alex Baumhardt, Cole Sinanian and Jael Calloway Guadalupe Martinez points to a 24-pack of bottled water by her kitchen sink with just a few...

DEQ Seeks Public Comment On Water Permit for Port of Morrow

By Alex Baumhardt The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is asking the public to weigh in on a revised water permit for the Port of Morrow, after...

Hermiston’s Lamb Weston Plant Found to Have Polluted Groundwater

By Alex Baumhardt Lamb Weston’s French fry production plant in Hermiston has been discharging too much nitrate-loaded water onto area farms, according to the Oregon...

Silage Fire Continues to Burn

The silage fire continues to burn at Columbia Basin Ag Management on Highway 207. The company had scaled back extinguishment efforts but were continuing to...

Umatilla Fire District #1 Addresses Silage Fire in Southwest Hermiston

Umatilla County Fire District #1 released a statement on its Facebook page on Wednesday responding to a silage pile fire on the morning of...

DEQ Issues Air Quality Advisory For All of Oregon due to...

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency extended an air quality advisory for...

Hermiston Garbage Rates to Go Up in July

The Hermiston City Council approved a 7.81-percent rate increase for garbage customers during Monday night's council meeting. The increase will cost residential customers with 90-gallon...

No Street Vacation Ordinance on Council's Agenda

At its last meeting in December, the Hermiston City Council held a public hearing on a proposed street vacation that drew a number of...

The Cost of Safe Drinking Water

DEQ Requiring Cities to Meet Additional Monitoring Standards The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will soon be issuing a permit for Hermiston’s stormwater management...

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