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Sewage problem leads to DEQ fine for the city

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a penalty totaling $3,800 to the city of Lake Oswego for allowing untreated sewage to be discharged into Oswego Lake when a sewage pump station lost power at 689 Palisades Terrace Drive.

The pump station lost power and began overflowing on Nov. 5, 2012. The overflow continued for about 53 hours until Nov. 7, releasing approximately 66,780 gallons of untreated sewage into the lake.

Oregon law prohibits the discharge of raw sewage to waters of the state. According to a release from DEQ, “exposure to untreated or partially treated sewage presents a public health threat through direct human contact or through contact with insects that have been in contact with the sewage. Sewage is also a significant water pollutant that can harm aquatic life and render public waters unfit for human consumption and for recreational, commercial and agricultural uses.”

The city of Lake Oswego repaired the pump and had until Wednesday to appeal the penalty.



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