PORTLAND, OR, Nov. 29, 2017 (Portland Tribune) -The immediate future for the 133-acre site of the West Linn Paper Company (WLPC) remains unclear, as the company works to resolve court disputes, debt obligations and other pressing matters in the wake of an October announcement that it would close for good by the end of the year.
Eventually, a new property owner will arrive at the riverfront site, likely prompting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to get involved. The industrial site, after all, hosted an array of machinery and fuel oil tanks — as well as pulping and bleaching operations that ceased in 1990 — dating back to when the paper mill was first installed in 1889. There were also several hazardous substance spills reported over the years, according to a 2004 "preliminary site assessment" conducted by DEQ.
Cleanup — be it minor or major — will have to occur at some point, most likely once a new prospective property owner has been identified.
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