NE Portland crematory in trouble again

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Dark smoke pours from a smokepipe from a crematorium at the Gable Funeral Home in northeast Portland -- just blocks from an elementary school. (Screenshot from viewer-submitted video)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – -The Northeast Portland crematory that drew the ire of neighbors last year for emitting black smoke into a residential area is facing a repeat complaint, this time over noise.

The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement cited Gable Funeral Home at 225 NE 80th Ave. Tuesday for a noise violation. The violation carried a $300 fine.

According to city documents obtained by KOIN, on Jan. 28, noise control officers measured noise levels from the incineration and crematorium equipment that were twice the legal limit.

This is the second such noise citation for Gable in the past six months, the first coming on Sept. 6, 2013. The newest citation noted that Gable may not have fully rectified equipment issues that were documented in September. The report noted that the noise levels have gotten worse since then, and are higher than they were last year.

Gable was informed Tuesday that if it does bring its equipment into compliance by Feb. 19, it would have to cease operations until it fixes the issue. If it were to violate noise limits again, it could face additional fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per citation.

In response to the residential complaints last year over the black smoke, the Environmental Protection Agency took soil samples from nearby Vestal Elementary School. The EPA released its results in October, finding that the soil’s mercury levels were not dangerous. The EPA, however, did not test air samples.

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