Oregon district surprised to find huge oil tank under old elementary school

March 7, 2011
Discovery made as workers were demolishing former West Park Elementary in Hermiston

From The East Oregonian: Workers tearing down the former West Park Elementary School in Hermiston, Ore., have dug up a surprise: an enormous tank half-full of toxic sludge. Evidently used for storage when the school’s boiler ran on oil, the tank was a mystery to the school district. Subcontractors knew something lay under the school’s Seventh Street parking, but the tank’s size--about 10,000 gallons, or the size of an oil truck--and its contents were an unpleasant discovery. The school district may have to pay up to $125,000 to handle the problem.

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