Resources

Oregon DEQ Odor and Pollution Complaint Form

Please use this form to file an odor (or any other pollution) complaint about the landfill with the state.

Oregon DEQ Pollution Complaint Form

Benton County Board of Commissioners

BOC Meetings and Events Calendar

Regular board meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month starting at 9am. You can tune in virtually or attend in person. Agendas for these meetings are generally posted online a week before the meeting, each with a link to attend virtually.

You do not need to pre-register to attend or comment. Note that the Public Comment period is always at the very beginning of each meeting, so if you want to speak you need to be prepared!

Videos of past BOC Meetings

The Benton County YouTube channel has a comprehensive list of videos of past BOC meetings. These are typically posted within a few hours after the meeting. 

How to Understand the Commisioner’s Calendar

Benton County Solid Waste Coordinator

Bailey Payne
bailey.payne@bentoncountyor.gov
541-766-6235

SWAC/DSAC

SWAC (Solid Waste Advisory Council) has been dissolved by the Board of Commissioners as of Sept 2023 (although doubts remain as to the legality of that move).

DSAC (Disposal Site Advisory Committee) is the body to which community members are supposed bring their comments and complaints about the landfill. Unfortunately, meetings were suspended by BofC for about a year during the BCTT process. They were supposed to have resumed in Oct 2023 but the County Commissioners suspended this group again! Unknown when in 2024 it will be allowed to resume…

To find out when meetings are to be scheduled, you can try the new
Disposal Site Advisory Committee (DSAC) website

Benton County “Trash Talk” workgroup

The BCTT process was supposed to have been a “broad community discussion of all things related to solid waste” but in reality its main objective was to grease the skids for a future landfill expansion. The workgroup was not allowed to bring up or discuss any of the negative impacts of the landfill, including its impact on global climate. 

The BCTT process ended in April 2023. You can access the final report here:

https://cd.bentoncountyor.gov/recycling-solid-waste/benton-county-talks-trash

Local News Agencies

Corvallis Gazette-Times/Albany Democrat-Herald

Letters to the editor (LTEs have 250 word limit), send to:
mvopinion@lee.net

Penny Rosenberg, Editor
penny.rosenberg@lee.net

Alex Powers, Journalist
alex.powers@lee.net

Salem Statesman Journal

Tracy Loew, Journalist
tloew@salem.gannett.com

Hasso Hering
https://hh-today.com/contact/

Corvallis Advocate
https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/contact/

OSU Daily Barometer
baro.editor@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3191

Legislators

State Legislators

State Representative Dan Rayfield (House district 16)
Rep.DanRayfield@oregonlegislature.gov
503-986-1416

State Senator Sarah Gelser Blouin (Senate district 8)
Sen.SaraGelser@oregonlegislature.gov
503-986-1708

Congressional Legislators

U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (Congressional district 4)
https://hoyle.house.gov
202-225-5646

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
https://www.wyden.senate.gov
Eugene office: 541-431-0229
DC office: 202-224-5244

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
https://www.merkley.senate.gov
Eugene office: 541-465-6750
DC office: 202-224-3753

Sophia Francia – Senator Merkley’s field representative in Eugene
sophia_francia@merkley.senate.gov
541-554-5726

ATOMIC HOMEFRONT DOCUMENTARY

This documentary shares terrifying look at the corruption that’s destroying our nation and our planet.

This should shake every American citizen. Citizens of an American city fight back against corruption and greed and try to save their own lives.

Other Links

Violation Tracker
https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org

Letitia Carson Legacy Project
https://letitiacarson.oregonstate.edu/
https://letitiacarson.omeka.net/

MethaneSAT
https://www.methanesat.org/

Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (useful for finding older iterations of websites and online documents)
http://web.archive.org/

EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) [passed Oct 1976]:
“Our nation’s primary law governing the disposal of solid and hazardous waste”
https://www.epa.gov/rcra/resource-conservation-and-recovery-act-rcra-overview