Inspection confirms complaint of buried waste at Elk Creek Dam
An excavator digs a test pit at Elk Creek Dam, 26 miles north of Medford, Jun. 18, 2019. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technicians’ inspection confirmed the presence of buried waste after a former contractor employee’s complaint with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), at Elk Creek Dam. “While the Corps and the Army Criminal Investigation Division work to hold the responsible party accountable for waste disposed on site, we’re continuing efforts to protect human health and the environment under the Superfund law (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA))”, said Tom Conning, Portland District spokesmen. “We take environmental protection seriously and will either cleanup the site itself or compel the responsible party to do so.”

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