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Statement regarding joint investigation into unlawful wastewater discharge from Oregon Oils, Inc. NW Portland facility

This statement from the Bureau of Environmental Service was issued as a supplement to Oregon State Police's news release:

(April 19, 2018) - The Oregon State Police, suspecting possible violations of environmental regulations, today executed a court-issued search warrant at the Oregon Oils facility located at 2515 NW  28th Avenue in Portland.

The City of Portland is cooperating in that effort because it administers an industrial wastewater discharge permit for the facility.

Today, the City issued a notice of termination effectively suspending the company’s permit to discharge wastewater to the City system.  Because an investigation is ongoing  the City cannot comment on current or past violations to that permit.  

Further questions should be directed to the Oregon State Police’s spokesperson Captain Tim Fox, at (541) 419-8843.

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Oregon State Police original news release: 

Oregon State Police, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and EPA joint investigation into unlawful wastewater discharge 

On April 19, 2018, the Oregon State Police (OSP), with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services executed a criminal search warrant at the business of Oregon Oils, Inc. located at 2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon. The joint OSP and EPA investigation began in early February of 2018 after investigators learned about possible violations of the State and Federal laws pertaining to wastewater treatment and discharges. The City of Portland administers an industrial wastewater discharge permit for the facility and is assisting with the effort.

This case remains under investigation by the OSP and the EPA. Inquiries about the investigation can be directed to the Oregon State Police’s Captain Tim Fox, at (541) 419-8843.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality work in partnership to investigate and enforce Oregon’s Environmental laws. You can report pollution complaints to the DEQ Hotline at 1-888-997-7888 or to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.