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The Port of Hood River recently purchased nine acres of the former Lower Hanel Mill site, located at 3289 Neal Mill Creek Road in Odell (“Site”). The site had been used for wood products processing from the early 1900’s. The site contains a historical log pond, created around 1950 and filled in with wood and rocks in the 1970’s. Over the past year, the Port has worked with DEQ and Business Oregon through the Oregon Brownfields Development program to determine clean-up activities required to bring the site up to development standards.
The Port and the Hanel Development Corp. underwent multiple environmental and geotechnical studies and minor clean-up activities in 2014 and 2015. The site was given a “No Further Action” determination by the DEQ in December of 2014 as no hazardous material was found on site.
There is 13,000 to 15,000 cubic yards of wood waste in the log pond area that the Port has volunteered to remove. This volume of wood waste deposited at such a depth created the conditions for elevated levels of both iron and manganese. The iron levels are below the acceptable DEQ screening levels for aquatic receptors in surface water, but the manganese levels are slightly above those levels. Due to this potential impact on surface waters, the Port is moving forward with a removal of the wood waste.
The Port will mitigate the wood waste in two phases. During Phase 1 the waste will be removed from the pond, and disposed off-site to be re-used as agricultural land amendment. During Phase 2 the pond area will be filled and compacted with onsite, graded soils and potentially some imported fill. There will be a high volume of truck traffic during Phase 1 as up to 500 truck trips are required to remove the material. Plans for the removal and fill project have been approved through the Oregon Brownfields Cleanup program.
The removal project is scheduled to begin in September 2015 and be completed by November of the same year. The Port of Hood River has been awarded a grant to fund a portion of the work, through the Oregon Brownfields Cleanup program in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality and Business Oregon.
Public comment regarding the project can be submitted via email to the Port of Hood River, or by regular mail to: Port of Hood River, Attn: Anne Medenbach, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR 97031
For questions or comments, please contact:
Development & Property Manager
Port of Hood River
Phone: (541) 386-1645