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No Dumping

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on November 26, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

We've all seen that sign. And based on what we found today, you can see why someone would post it.

A Northeast Portland man was in his home Saturday night, when he heard a loud noise. He looked out his window, and saw a dump truck -- with its lights out -- dropping a load of 'fill' on a dirt road next to his home. I've never really thought about it until today -- but can someone just dump a truckload of dirt in a neighborhood - and move on? Apparently, they can.

The homeowner called police, and they said there were no violations. DEQ says there was nothing toxic or illegal in the material - and since the City of Portland didn't have a problem with it -- DEQ didn't either.

Newschannel 8's Dave Northfield talked with the owner of the company that dumped the material. He contends they actually improved the road.

And that may be the case, but it certainly brings up a lot of questions -- about 'authorized' dumping. Who would you go to -- if this were YOU, and you saw this happen next to your home? What was in the 'fill'? And did they get approval to dump it right there? Do they even need it?

Watch for Dave's report, tonight on Newschannel 8 at 6.

Joe Donlon