Gravel firm turns new leaf

Egge Sand & Gravel is working to leave its polluting past in the dust.

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Eugene-based Egge Sand & Gravel is working to become more environmentally friendly.

The gravel company was notorious for butting heads with the Department of Environmental Quality in the past.

In recent years, Egge faced federal, state and local regulator ire for pumping muddy water into the McKenzie, sending swirls of dust into the air, digging a pit in farmland against express orders — and making a forbidden embankment of concrete rubble along the edge of the river…

[But] After a minor spill in November, for example, an Egge official immediately notified regulators, admitted the action was wrong, said he was embarrassed — and took, in the regulators’ view, “extraordinary efforts to ensure the violation would not be repeated,” DEQ documents show.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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