County hopes to dodge EPA's Superfund designation

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Astoria officials are pushing back against the designation of a local polluted property as a Superfund site.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners fears a Superfund designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would mean a regulatory burden.

The Daily Astorian reports (http://bit.ly/IWPXmp ) the officials hope the property falls under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality instead.

Much of the environmental damage is thought to have happened decades ago, possibly when the Astoria Marine Construction Company was building ships for the U.S. Navy during World War II.

The shipyard and boat repair company on the east bank of the Lewis and Clark River would need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for cleanup work, regardless of which agency oversees the property.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com