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Entek leaders say state concerns about pollution came out of blue


April 25, 2017

ENTEK CEO Larry Keith explains a cooling system, used to recover TCE during the manufacture of battery separators at the Lebanon Entek plant, during a tour of the plant on April 21.

Entek, one of east Linn County’s largest employers, is facing off in court with state agencies over its emissions of a solvent used in making its products.

The company was granted a temporary restraining order on April 7 by Linn County Circuit Court Judge Tom McHill regarding a “communication plan” by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to launch meetings with local residents and company employees to discuss air quality monitoring near the plant.

The issue surfaced after an April 6 meeting between Entek officials and officials from the DEQ, the Oregon Health Authority, th...

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