Inspection confirms complaint of buried waste at Elk Creek Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technicians confirm the presence of buried waste at Elk Creek Dam, 26 miles north of Medford, after digging test pits, Jun. 18, 2019. The Corps has made several investigations and waste removal efforts at the defunct dam site in the past; however, a 2019 complaint by a former contactor employee to ODEQ shed light on improper disposal by the Obayashi Corporation, the contractor the Corps used during construction. “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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