Dredging proposed to ease Willamette waste plume

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 4:31 AM

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.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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