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Grabhorn landfill cleanup

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold two public meetings about a proposed $7 million deal to clean up the contaminated former Grabhorn landfill near Tigard.

Howard Grabhorn and Grabhorn Inc. agreed to give DEQ $2.5 million, plus $4.5 million provided by their insurer Maryland Casualty, as part of a proposed out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit.

DEQ would use the money to hire contractors to clean up the contamination, which has been documented 45 feet below the ground and extending along roughly 1,400 feet of Tualatin River frontage.

If the proposed settlement is accepted by a Washington County judge, it would resolve longstanding litigation brought by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

DEQ will hold an informational session on the proposed settlement on Sept. 18 and take public testimony on Oct. 2.

For more details: deq.state.or.us/nwr/LakesideReclamation.htm.


Green foreign assistance

Portland’s Green Empowerment won a $1.4 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development to help 15,000 Filipino villagers in the southern war-torn islands of Mindanao get clean water.

“Currently, these families haul buckets long distances from exposed and contaminated water sources,” says Anna Garwood, executive director of Green Empowerment.

The federal grant will pay for installation of ram pumps, latrines, rainwater harvesting devices and other locally sourced technologies.

Ram pumps are manufactured by the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, which is partnering with Green Empowerment in the Philippines project.

Low-cost ram pumps have only two moving parts and require no fuel. With the pumps, water pushes itself uphill, where it is stored in tanks and piped to homes as far as 4 kilometers from the water source.