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.…
An environmental study performed as part of a regional airport expansion project uncovered two areas of contamination. Leakage was discovered at an airport fueling system. In addition, containment areas for deicing fluid were found to be inadequate, thereby allowing contaminants to enter a lake adjacent to the airport property. Costly remediation of soils and groundwater was required. Also, the state environmental agency fined the airport for natural resource damages due to the impact on several pairs of bald eagles nesting at the lake.…