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DEQ: Floragon site contamination in Molalla presents no unacceptable health risks
A Jan. 27 information meeting at 7 p.m. in the Molalla library will focus on proposed cleanup approval for a portion of the former Floragon site in Molalla
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to attend an information meeting about the proposed cleanup approval for the 16-acre southeast corner of the Floragon Forest Products site in Molalla.
DEQ staff will answer questions about the proposed no further action decision and site in general.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E Fifth St. in Molalla.
DEQ has proposed a conditional no further action determination for the 16-acre southeast corner portion of the Floragon Forest Products site.
DEQ has determined that environmental contamination at the property does not present an unacceptable risk to public health or the environment. An approximately one-acre paved area where contaminants in soil (dioxins) are elevated must remain capped.
DEQ has been overseeing environmental investigations at the Floragon site. Lumber-related manufacturing occurred from about 1947 to 2009 at the Avison Lumber Mills formerly located on the Floragon property. An initial investigation of soil, groundwater, and sediment contamination was completed in 2012.
The investigation found chemicals from former mill operations in soil and groundwater near former dip tanks used to treat wood (located in the southern part of the site), in perimeter ditches, and in Bear Creek sediment on the site. Chemicals found at the site include dioxins and furans, petroleum, and phenols. The investigation did not find significant contamination in soil or groundwater in the northern site. According to DEQ, groundwater contamination in the south site is localized.
For more information about this proposed cleanup approval and how to submit comments about it, see the public notice at http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Pages/publicnotice.aspx .