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DEQ continues vapor investigation

The Department of Environmental Quality continues investigation.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on June 30, 2015 5:06PM

Workers take soil and water samples in an area behind the Grant County Library which will be tested for the DEQ.

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Workers take soil and water samples in an area behind the Grant County Library which will be tested for the DEQ.

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JOHN DAY – The Department of Environmental Quality is continuing their investigation of the noxious fumes in southwest John Day.

New manager Norman Read takes over as project leader, replacing Bryn Thoms who is out of the country.

Gasoline vapors have caused discomfort for residents, mainly in the 400 to 600 South Canyon Boulevard area, as fumes infiltrated their homes.

On June 11, the Environmental Protection Agency and DEQ held a public meeting, where they reported finding fresh gasoline in soil and groundwater samples and the information they gathered led them to believe Triangle Oil was the “possible responsible party.”

Read said that information hasn’t changed, but they have yet to determine the exact source.

“We’ve installed, and are now operating, two soil vapor extraction systems, one in the south area and one in the north area,” Read said. “The hope is that we’ll be able to reduce the level of gasoline vapor.”

Read said he is aware of no new problems.

“We’re going to be doing a new round of monitoring well installation starting Wednesday,” he said, “We hope to determine the extent of contamination in the groundwater.”

Read added he was confident they would pinpoint the source of the problem this week.



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