City of Ashland, Oregon / City News

Update on Chemicals at Concrete Pit

December 5, 2016
Neilson Research Corporation tested water samples from the swimming pond and from Ashland Creek just above the TID (Talent Irrigation District) outfall.  Happily, the test results for contaminates (2,4,5-T 2,4-D and Diesel) are all non-detectable.

A complete comprehensive environmental assessment of the site will be a requirement of the engineering firm selected to design the new water treatment plant, and be incorporated into the project scope of work. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been notified. 

November 14, 2016
The City recently learned that containers of herbicides and diesel oil may have been buried, more than forty years ago, in the area known as the concrete pit above Lithia Park on Glenview Drive.
 
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was contacted and DEQ has recommended contracting with an environmental remediation company as a first step.  A professional remediation contractor can provide technical services to determine whether such materials were disposed at that location and what remedial actions should be taken, if any.
 
According to DEQ, it is still fairly common for sites to be discovered in Oregon where chemicals were disposed of in the past by means now recognized as unacceptable.  Depending on the circumstances and how long the chemicals have been buried, the chemicals could be inert by now or still pose some health risks.
 
The water just below the concrete pit and the swimming pond has been tested for the presence of any chemical contaminants.  After the City receives the test results early next week an update to this article will be posted.
 
The concrete pit is within the site where the new water treatment plant will be built.  Engineering for the project is scheduled to begin early next year.  Any remediation that needs to be done may be able to be incorporated into the site preparation work for the treatment plant.



Release Date: 11/14/2016
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