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Willamette Riverkeeper has filed a 60 day notice to sue against Bartels Packing. The notice documents several Clean Water Act violations by the Eugene based meat packing company located near Fern Ridge Reservoir.

Willamette Riverkeeper says Bartels butchers cattle onsite. The 60 day notice documents the discharging of blood wastes from Bartels slaughterhouse into the Fern Ridge Reservoir.

Riverkeeper Executive Director Travis Williams says, “the reason [they] sent the 60 day notice is [they] feel there is a reasonable potential for these types of violations to continue.”

Eugene and Springfield residents could see a boost in their monthly utility fee for wastewater. 

Tammy Smith is with Eugene Public Works. She says the cost of processing wastewater has gone up. In order to meet expenses the wastewater commission is proposing a 3.5 percent increase in regional wastewater rates and a 2.75 percent increase for city residents. Smith says in the city of Eugene…

Smith: "A typical standard residential customer would see $1.09 increase in their wastewater utility fee."