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Oregon uses gasoline made from Alaska crude; that oil is high in benzene.  Gasoline burned in Oregon cars and trucks releases benzene into the air; benzene is a carcinogen.  Jared Ishkanian with the Oregon Environmental Council says a new law is now in effect to lower benzene levels.  In pushing the law, Senator Ron Wyden noted the cancer causing emissions have a disproportionate effect on minority and low-income populations.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.