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Mill site requires $500K asbestos abatement

An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality assessment of the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home found that $500,000 is necessary to abate the asbestos in buildings on the site.

At a Sept. 28 City Hall "work session" discussion, Mary Camarata, of DEQ's Regional Solutions Team for the western region/mid-valley area, suggested that the city not purchase the property from Linn County, because it would then assume liability for the abatement.

This comes after a Linn County commissioners' meeting last month where the group considered signing the property over to the city. Two...