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Rainier, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold a hearing on a proposal to renew and modify the permit for Deer Pointe Meadows to discharge wastewater to drainfields constructed at the manufactured home park.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Rainier City Hall, 106 West B St.
The park, at 25231 Alderbank Street in Rainier, has applied for a Water Pollution Control Facilities Permit renewal and modification.

DEQ issued warning letters to the current permit holder in January and March 2017 for discharging sewage onto the ground. The violations occurred with the remaining older septic system.

In each case, short-term fixes were used to prevent further discharges.

The current application for a permit renewal and modification is intended to authorize a long-term solution resulting in one combined system that will be more manageable and that will include a high level of treatment to the wastewater before discharging to the drainfield. The deadline for completing this work is Sept. 30, 2017.

The draft permit would allow an increase in the total wastewater flow to the system from the current 8,025 gallons per day to 12,000 gallons per day. Allowable effluent pollutant concentration limits are being reduced because the wastewater will be receiving a higher level of treatment before being discharged to the drainfield. Wastewater will also be disinfected to reduce pathogens before disposal.

DEQ will accept public comments on the proposal through Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

Mail written comments to: Lisa MacGregor, Onsite Licensing Specialist Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 165 E. 7th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401; fax them to 541-686-7551 or email

Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541- 686-7997,
Mike Kucinski, Onsite Manager, 541-687-7331,


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