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February 22, 2011

Toxic leak leads to lawsuit

Source: The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR
February, 22, 2011
By: Christian Wihtol

A Goshen storage facility says PCB-laced waste from a Eugene recycler forced it to shut down for months

A waste oil storage facility in Goshen has been shut down for months because of contamination with toxic PCBs, and the facility’s operator is suing a Eugene metal recycling yard that it alleges is the source of the hazardous waste.

In its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Portland-based Oil Re-Refining Co. — ORRCO — is seeking $5 million plus cleanup costs from Pacific Recycling because of the PCB contamination.

A Pacific Recycling official denied that his company had any liability in the problem.

Separately, Pacific Recycling has been fined by the state Department of Environmental Quality for PCB contamination at its waste metal yard on Cross Street in west Eugene. The company has done substantial cleanup there, including digging up and removing contaminated soil, said Dan Lobato, a DEQ hazardous waste inspector.…