Air Pollution

Refinery stench lingers, despite new pollution control equipment

Refinery stench lingers, despite new pollution control equipment New thermal oxidizers ordered by DEQ didn’t halt complaints about plant, as foul odors still waft into Portland Expo Center across the street. After 17 years of complaints, horrific odors traced to a North Portland refinery that recycles used oil have not gone away, despite its recent …

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Both North Portland oil recyclers rack up PCB violations

Both North Portland oil recyclers rack up PCB violations EcoLube Recovery, which recycles used oil at a North Portland refinery, has been unlawfully accepting deliveries of waste contaminated with highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and storing it on site in violation of its solid waste disposal permit, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced …

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Disaster narrowly averted in 2009 explosion, blaze

Disaster narrowly averted in 2009 explosion, blaze Shortly after noon on July 24, 2009, two 25,000-gallon tanks and two 4,000-gallon tanks exploded at a refinery that recycles used oil near the Portland Expo Center, on North Force Avenue. As Portland firefighters raced to the scene, they observed a large smoke plume extending “several hundred feet …

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City Inspections of oil recyclers reveal shaky history

CITY INSPECTIONS OF OIL RECYCLERS REVEAL SHAKY HISTORY Fire and safety violations plague ORRCO and EcoLube Recovery oil refineries in North Portland North Portland residents have complained for years about foul odors traced to air emissions of two refineries that recycle used oil. What they didn’t know was that in addition to the stench sporadically …

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APES’ pollution control still up in the air

APES’ pollution control still up in the air Oil recyling refinery still hasn’t installed anti-smog devices, facing fines by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. After years of dithering, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is finally trying to force a North Portland used-oil recycling refinery, American Petroleum Environmental Services, to construct and install air pollution …

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Oil recycler’s permit shows it emits more than foul odors

Oil recycler’s permit shows it emits more than foul odors DEQ requires new pollution controls at APES plant in North Portland, but its emissions still will be toxic For years, Hayden Island residents have claimed smelly discharges from nearby industries are making them sick. On its website, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality describes the …

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DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers

DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers Hayden Island residents still not happy with state agency’s slow response to odor complaints The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced news last week that it hoped would please Hayden Island residents who have been inundated with toxic odors that have been making them sick and their …

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Johnson Creek has a PCB problem

Johnson Creek has a PCB problem Three Oregon Department of Environmental Quality studies conducted from 2005 to 2014 found steadily increasing levels of contamination in the urban creek, and the highest levels were found in a 150-foot segment near a titanuim plant acquired this year by Warren Buffet’s investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Authorities never told …

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Examining ESCO’s ‘no harm’ Claims

Examining ESCO’s ‘no harm’ Claims By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Carter Webb, manager of safety and environment for ESCO Inc., the corporation that owns two steel foundries at the northern edge of the Northwest neighborhood, acknowledges that his company’s air emissions have created some enemies as well as some alleged misery among its neighbors. “We’re the focus …

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