Recovery Begins On Agent Orange Barrels In Wallowa Lake

"After a 10-month wait, preliminary work began Thursday on the delicate task of removing barrels sitting in Wallowa Lake marked as containing defoliants used in Agent Orange.

A contractor working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started exploring the alpine lake’s bottom with side-scan sonar to learn more about what’s actually there.

The operation is in its early phases. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said work would continue for several days. Removal could begin Saturday, she said."

Rob Davis reports for the Portland Oregonian June 13, 2019.

Source: Portland Oregonian, 06/14/2019