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Protesters Target Precision Castparts

Protesters Target Precision Castparts After battling two small eastside glass makers over toxic air emissions, Southeast Portland activists are turning their attention to a far-bigger target: Precision Castparts Corp., the worldwide metals manufacturer with two local plants and numerous past environmental violations. A database released in December by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed a …

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Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts

Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts Johnson Creek, at the Tideman-Johnson Natural Area, is located less than a half-mile downstream of Precision Castparts plants in the Errol Heights neighborhood.Johnson Creek begins its 26-mile journey from pristine headwaters in the Cascade foothills near Boring, but as it snakes through Gresham, Portland …

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Precision Castparts pollution sparks city water concerns in Milwaukie

Precision Castparts pollution sparks city water concerns in Milwaukie What’s up with the water in the city of Milwaukie? Many residents say it has a foul taste and aroma that make it undrinkable. City officials insist that it is safe — but only after it passes through a special water treatment system. Milwaukie draws all …

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Angry crowd confronts Precision Castparts

Angry crowd confronts Precision Castparts At an unusual community meeting last week with about 250 nearby residents, managers of the Precision Castparts factory in Southeast Portland received a welcome that ranged from boisterous to outright hostility. “On behalf of the more than 10,000 people in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie who live in the arsenic, nickel …

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Dirty secrets in abandoned SE Portland landfill

Dirty secrets in abandoned SE Portland landfill Just south of Johnson Creek sits an abandoned landfill that time, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, forgot. Built in 1950 before modern landfill regulations were written, the dump at 7600 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. lacked a liner to prevent chemicals from leaking out the bottom, or …

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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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