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Salem, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the public comment period on its recommendation to approve a plan that would allow Northstar Development to clean up soil contaminated with pesticides in order to build a residential development on the property.

DEQ extended the comment period in response to requests from the public. In addition to extending the comment period until Aug. 14, DEQ will allow the developer to do some preliminary site work during the extended comment period as long as soil is not removed from the site and other conditions are met. The developer will be allowed to excavate two small contaminated pockets of soil from the eastern portion of the property and store the soil on site.

Clearing the contaminated soil will allow construction work to occur on the eastern portion of the site this summer. DEQ-approved dust-control and worker health and safety plans must be followed to limit exposure to dust. Soil will not be transported and disposed of off-site until DEQ reviews and responds to public comments, and has made a final decision regarding the plan, specifically the transport and off-site disposal of contaminated soil.

After the pits are filled and capped with clean soil it may be put back to crop production. A deed notice will be placed on the property to document the placement of the dieldrin-containing soils and explain any risks it may pose if land uses ever change.

DEQ is accepting comments until 5 p.m. Monday Aug. 14 on its recommendation to approve the plan. Send written comments to DEQ Project Manager Nancy Sawka at 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive, Salem, Oregon 97302 or For more information contact the project manager at 503-378-5075.

Following the comment period, DEQ will respond to all comments before either approving, denying or modifying the proposal.

More information on the project history can be found on DEQ's Environmental Cleanup Site Investigation database at by clicking on “Search complete ECSI database” and entering 6036 in the “Site ID” box.

Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997,


Environment & Energy