Dredge waste to be dumped on West Hayden Island

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has decided to allow contaminated dredge spoils on West Hayden Island.

That decision, which could draw a lawsuit from the Audubon Society of Portland, allows the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge 75,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Willamette River's Post Office Bar and pump it onto the Port-owned island, whose northern flank has long been a dumping site.

The spoils contain low levels of PCBs, metals and DDT, the now-banned pesticide. Audubon, Willamette Riverkeeper and island activists want the island reserved as wildlife habitat and say dumping contaminated spoils is inappropriate.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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