Two Oregon pulp and paper mills threatened with environmental lawsuit for waste plume in Willamette River

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Two Oregon pulp and paper mills threatened with environmental lawsuit for waste plume in Willamette River

August 27, 2012 - 05:10
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CORVALLIS, OR, Aug. 27, 2012 (Local News) -An environmental watchdog group is threatening to sue the operators of a Linn County pulp and paper mill for creating a smelly, unsightly - and possibly toxic - waste plume in the Willamette River.

The coffee-colored waste plume, which enters the green waters of the Willamette through a slough about 15 miles upstream of Corvallis, contains the combined discharge of the Cascade Pacific Pulp and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products mills near the Linn County town of Halsey.

All that waste is supposed to be dispersed by the river's powerful current through what's known as a mixing zone, but a large gravel bar has accumulated just above the slough, diverting the flow and allowing the brownish-black industrial slurry to reach the main channel in a concentrated stream.

Corvallis Gazette-Times - Water fight over mills' discharges

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