CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The owner of a pulp mill upstream of Corvallis has proposed a major dredging in the Willamette River to resolve a pollution dispute.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/T71J6j) Cascade Pacific Pulp has applied for a permit to remove about 1,900 dump truck loads of gravel that has built up in the river.
The buildup has reduced the flow of water to what's called a "mixing zone" for the effluent from the pulp mill and an adjoining tissue plant near Halsey.
In August, the environmental group Willamette Riverkeeper warned it would sue over a dark, foul-smelling waste plume in the river.
But the group and a lawyer for Cascade Pacific Pulp say the dredging may resolve matters, and settlement talks are going well.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com