A defunct mining laboratory in Hermiston, Oregon, was identified by local authorities and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) as potentially posing a threat to a dairy distribution center located adjacent to the laboratory in the same building at 81156 N. Highway 395, Hermiston, Oregon. The Hermiston Fire Department (HFD) hazardous materials unit conducted a brief survey of the site and observed mercury, mercury oxide, sodium metal (immersed in oil in a plastic pitcher). Initial reports indicated the site also contained 800 pounds of potassium cyanide pellets in drums, eight 55-gallon drums of acid waste, sixteen five-gallon buckets of acid sludge, twenty 1-gallon jugs of hydrochloric acid, thirty 1-gallon jugs of sulfuric acid, and hundreds of miscellaneous bottles each containing up to 2 pounds of chemicals.
Map of the site
Administrative Record Index
Removal Administrative Record - November 19, 2001
Hazardous Materials Cleaned Up At Lab Near Hermiston - October 2001
Hazardous Materials to be Removed from Lab Near Hermiston - July 2001
Request for Removal memo - July 2001
February 22, 2002
November 19, 2001
September 12, 2001
September 4, 2001
June 20, 2001
from September 2001:
bulking liquid wastes
drop box filled with contaminated debris
nitric acid stored in camper
staged drums and containers for disposal
waste drop boxes ready for disposal
wastes containing arsenic compounds
from July 2001
Removal of Debris
Staging of Drums and Containers
|Consolidate Waste Streams||Field Screen of Chemicals|
One of the lockers of Sulfuric Acid.
55 gallon cans of chemical waste.
Front entrance to lab on right. Milk distribution in adjoining building.
Shed with containers of Nitric Acid.
Unknown chemicals in different sized containers.