Since 1988, DEQ has identified more than 5,000 sites in Oregon with known or suspected contamination from historical spills. DEQ identified an additional 82 sites in fiscal year 2013 alone.
That’s a lot of sites and a lot of spills.
Removing hazardous contamination as quickly and inexpensively as possible is a top priority for DEQ. The types of sites we deal with includes a range of incidents and accidents, including leaking underground storage tanks, diesel and oil spills, buried materials and chemicals that have been improperly stored for years, or even decades.
DEQ is working to improve the way we approach our cleanup efforts. We want to reduce the time and costs involved, and to better communicate the scope and desired results of projects.