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AROUND OREGON: Boise Cascade announces potential closure of Elgin plant

ELGIN — The Boise Cascade Company announced it could shutdown its plywood plant in Elgin in early 2021.

The wood products giant notified the 230 employees at the Elgin facility it may reduce their hours or close the plant temporarily beginning Jan. 1. Boise Cascade spokesperson Lisa Chapman said the potential reduction in hours and closure is due to a lack of logs because of wildfires as well as an order from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regarding the use of wastewater at the Elgin facility.

"We were notified by the DEQ in April and after lengthy discussions we filed a lawsuit in Union at the end of August," Chapman said. "The DEQ said to limit our water use due to the presence of dioxins."

Dioxins are a group of toxic chemical compounds that are harmful to health.

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