Author: Candace Johnson

DEQ responds to public comments on dirt move

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has responded to concerns regarding the potential trucking of contaminated dirt through Keizer. From July 1 through Aug. 14, DEQ officials asked for public comment on the movement of dieldrin-tainted dirt from a development site in northeast Salem through Keizer to abandoned quarries northwest of Keizer. Dieldrin is an insecticide developed as an alternative to DDT in the 1940s. It was used primarily on fruit, soil and seed. The U.S. Department of agriculture banned use of dieldrin in 1970, but it is a legacy pollutant that remains in the environment long after being introduced. The planned path will take an estimated 14,000 truckloads of dirt past four schools, but after testing and observation by DEQ toxicologists, the risks appear to be low. Excavation has already started on part of the development site – which will become an estimated 500 homes along with duplexes and apartments – and DEQ officials monitored air samples while the dirt was being moved. Dieldrin was not detected in any of the samples. Anderson Geologic, the environmental consultant on the project, has called for temporary roadways to be constructed to minimize disturbance while the dirt is loaded and all trucks will be inspected as they leave the site with loose dirt being removed. When as little as a pound of dieldrin enters...

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McMinnville visits McNary for homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jonny Williams ruined McMinnville’s homecoming last season, catching a game-winning touchdown pass with only 1:25 remaining. This Friday, the McNary senior wants to make sure the Grizzlies don’t return the favor. “I’m pretty confident coming into this game,” Williams said. “I like playing against McMinnville. I’ve always played a pretty good game against them. I’m feeling pretty good about this week.” Last season’s contest was a coming out party for Williams, who entered the game with only two catches, but had receptions of 41 and 30 yards in the final three minutes, including...

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