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Lebanon, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold an informational meeting about proposed remedies for groundwater contamination on about 900 acres in downtown Lebanon.

The meeting will take place Thursday Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

The groundwater, on about 900 acres of downtown and the northern part of downtown Lebanon, is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene from several former dry cleaning facilities. The recommended action is for the area-wide groundwater plume and not individual sites. Most of the site is residential; however, commercial development occupies a large part of the study area.

Much of the downtown area is connected to city drinking water and therefore not affected by the groundwater contamination. The remedy that DEQ recommends for this site is intended for properties that are not already connected to city water, and has several components including exploring ways to connect those properties to city water or provide bottled water and filtration, sampling and monitoring select wells, and observing contamination levels over time through existing monitoring wells.

DEQ is accepting public comments on the plan until 5 p.m. Nov. 30, 2017. Written comments should be sent to Project Manager Norm Read, DEQ, 165 E. 7th Street, Eugene, OR 97401 or emailed to

More information on the plan can be found at:

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


Environment & Energy