Doane Lake (Rhone-Poulenc)

Releases of hazardous substances from Rhone-Poulenc's chemical plant occurred via spills, leaks, and even direct discharges.  The company began dumping chemical by-product in nearby Doane Lake through the late 1960s.  The company then began discharging in the Willamette River through part of the 1970s.  Finally, R-P used the Portland sewer system to dispose of chemicals until the mid 1980s when DEQ stepped in and forced the company to begin investigating the contamination.

Hazardous chemicals discovered on the site included: dioxins and furans, dichlorobenzene, phenolic compounds, creosols, trichloroethene (TCE), BTEX, lead, and arsenic.

When R-P ultimately argued that removal of soils from the site was unnecessary, DEQ completed the removal action in 1998 using the "Orphan Share" fund to help finance the cleanup.


For more technical information on the site provided by ODEQ, click here.


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Doane Lake (Rhone-Poulenc)




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