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Mr. Dan Desler

Wrong Dan Desler?

Managing Trustee

Phone: (541) ***-****  HQ Phone
Western States Land Reliance Trust
401 Main Street Suite D
Sweet Home , Oregon 97386
United States


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ALBANY - Eugene developer Dan ..., 5 Feb 2010 [cached]
ALBANY - Eugene developer Dan Desler has pleaded not guilty on all counts associated with alleged air pollution violations stemming from demolition of a former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home in 2007 and early 2008.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. June 14 at the Linn County Courthouse. A jury trial is set to begin on Sept. 20.
In April 2009, Desler was charged with seven counts of first-degree air pollution, three counts of second-degree air pollution, supplying false information to an agency and recklessly endangering another person in connection with demolition of the mill at 2210 Tamarack.
Desler, 65, is free on $100,000 security. The air pollution charges are Class B and C felonies. Desler is represented by attorney Michael Vergamini of Eugene.
Desler is the managing trustee for the Western States Land Reliance Trust, which owns the 153-acre former mill site. The mill closed in 1994 and the property has been idle since then. In 2004, it was severely damaged by an arson fire.
It is part of some 420 acres owned by the trust, which Desler plans to turn into an ecologically-oriented resort and housing development.
In 2007, workers started demolishing the mill, but according to court records, Desler did not perform an asbestos survey, nor did he file a written notification to the Department of Environmental Quality concerning an asbestos abatement program.
Posted in Local on Friday, February 5, 2010 12:30 am Updated: 12:16 am. | Tags: Dan Desler, Willamette Industries, Sweet Home, Asbestos
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The DEQ named Western ..., 3 Feb 2009 [cached]
The DEQ named Western Renewable, Western Trucking and Dan Desler, managing partner of Western Renewable, when it issued a fine of $134,306 for "operating a solid waste disposal site without a permit" at 28389 Hwy. 20.
The DEQ issued a second fine, for $58,037, for "operating a solid waste disposal site without a permit" at 2210 Tamarack St., located at the north end of 24th Avenue. The DEQ named Western Renewable, Western Trucking, Desler and Western States Land Reliance Trust, which owns the property.
The named parties did not appeal the penalties to the DEQ by a Jan. 20 deadline, so the full penalty amounts are due to the state, according to DEQ officials.
Desler has countered that the materials are properly categorized as "inventory." He also has said that Western Renewable is working to develope an Asian market for the inventory.
Western Renewable, Western Trucking and Desler did not apply for a permit at the Highway 20 site, the DEQ says.
Approximately 8,400 tons of fiber waste and 20 cubic yards of waste tires and demolition debris allegedly remained illegally stockpiled at the site at the time the DEQ issued the penalty in December, according to the agency.
At the Tamarack site, although Desler, WSLRT, Western Renewable and Western Trucking did apply for a DEQ Solid Waste letter of authorization for the site, the DEQ could not approve it because the operation was not in compliance with local laws, according to the statement.
Desler said Friday he must re-file the lawsuit in a different jurisdiction, and he may take it to federal court.
"It's just the fact, we think they're wrong, and we're going to sue them," he said.
Desler noted that WSLRT is the landlord, that it is not affiliated with the operation in question and that it has nothing to do with the permitting issue. Desler is the managing trustee of WSLRT.
The fiber is waste left over from Weyerhaeuser operations and have been lab tested by Weyerhaeuser, he said, adding that the tests show the materials are inert.
On Dec. 26, 2008, the Oregon ... [cached]
On Dec. 26, 2008, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Western Trucking, Western Renewable Resources, Western States Land Reliance Trust and Dan Desler $192,000 for operating solid waste disposal sites without a permit at 28389 Hwy. 20 and 2210 Tamarack St. The piles are located at the north end of 24th Avenue. Desler is managing partner in WRR and managing trustee in WSLRT.
"We sold the material to Weyerhaeuser with the understanding it would be removed from the site," Desler said. "What they do with it is their own business."
The details of the arrangement, a negotiated settlement, are confidential, Desler said.
Miller did not know the details of any arrangement with Desler.
Weyerhaeuser had hoped to have the site clear by late December, Desler said, but it's taking some time. Sweet Home Sanitation got involved because of its franchise agreement with the city and county.
Desler has contended that the fiber is inventory, while the DEQ defined it as solid waste. Desler filed suit in Linn County Circuit Court to have a judge decide whether the fibers are inventory or waste.
The case remains open, he said. He plans to continue the case to nullify the DEQ's action against him and his companies "and put us in a position to nullify our losses, which has been substantial."
Overall, DEQ actions have led to the loss of 60 jobs, Desler said.
The case has been set aside and moved to a different court, Desler said.
Other newspaper reports said that the companies cited by the DEQ are now defunct, but Desler said they still have assets and much depends on the outcome of the decision about what the piles are.
"If there ever was an issue, the issue will be leaving," Desler said. "My primary focus is to bring to this community economic vitality, and that has always been my goal."
Desler also faces charges of felony air pollution for allegedly improperly demolishing buildings on the 2210 Tamarack property. His belief is that both issues have been mishandled by the DEQ, Desler said, and his economic development goals have been shortchanged by DEQ.
If the situation is fair and balanced, he is confident that he will prevail in court, he said.
"I'm prepared to go the length," Desler said.
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Dan Desler says he's innocent after arrest on air pollution charges
Local businessman Dan Desler says he is innocent of air pollution charges that resulted in his arrest on May 11.
Desler, 65, is the managing trustee and founder of Western Oregon States Land Reliance Trust, which owns the former Willamette Industries property, located at the east end of Tamarack Street and north end of 24th Avenue.
Desler is scheduled for arraignment on the charges on May 27, she said. There, he will be given a copy of the indictment, and he will enter a plea and be given another court date, probably about a month later to discuss the possibility of early resolution. The case revolves around seven buildings on the former Willamette Industries site that Desler paid to have demolished between May 2007 and February 2008, Sternhagen said.
"We wanted the owner to hire an abatement contractor and get it going," Boyd said, and Desler hired one in April.
Staton informed Desler he needed to get an abatement, Desler said. "We hired a licensed abatement contractor (CRS) who was basically required to follow the law."
Desler said the contractor attempted to abate the asbestos but the bank financing the operation was taken over by the FDIC, and with the cloud of DEQ enforcement constantly looming, "no lender in the world would want to touch us."
Released on May 11 after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bail, Desler told The New Era he was not aware of the asbestos problem before it was discovered during the demolition.
A Willamette Industries report from around 1985 identified "encapsulated" asbestos in the roofing and floor tiles, he said. The DEQ informed him that type of asbestos in the roofing, which is not "friable," was exempt and could be placed in a landfill, he said. When friable, asbestos can become airborne when crumbling or burned.
That is why asbestos was a concern following an arson fire on the property in 2004, he said.
But Desler was not aware of the "transite" material, which contains asbestos, located under the roofing in the older section around the dry kilns, he said.
In any case, Desler said, the metal scrapper working on the demolition was not instructed to tear that building down but went into that building after aluminum.
The roofing material also should have been taken off but not crushed, Desler said.
"At that point the damage was done," he said, and he let the demolition contractor go, calling in Staton and then CRS for testing and abatement.
Apparently, there was no final inspection for the Willamette Industries report, he said, and the record is incomplete with the DEQ. Some material is marked "non-asbestos," which the DEQ says contains asbestos.
"I've been honest," Desler said. "I've been up-front with these people."
The demolition stopped when the transite material was discovered, and his intent has always been to comply 100 percent, he said. The arrest follows a year of mounting problems for Desler, WSLRT and Western Renewable Resource, a company in which he is a managing partner.
Western Renewable faces lawsuits from multiple creditors, including a $1.3 million lawsuit by Umpqua Bank. WSLRT owes four years, $250,000, of property taxes to Linn County and is now facing foreclosure proceedings. The DEQ has levied $192,000 in fines against Western Renewable, also naming Desler and WSLRT, for allegedly operating a solid waste disposal site without a permit.
Western Renewable stockpiled and processed cardboard fibers from Weyerhaeuser and then sold the fibers for use as hog fuel and animal bedding. Last year, the DEQ required Western Renewable to stop processing the material at 2210 Tamarack St. and at 28389 Hwy. 20, west of Sweet Home, and the city revoked its conditional use permit.
That effectively shut down the company, Desler said, and it cost jobs in the Sweet Home community. "If it hadn't been for the DEQ coming in making unreasonable demands with no scientific basis, we'd still have 25 jobs," Desler said, and the business would be shipping product overseas.
"We were in business until the DEQ shut us down - sure, we were struggling," he said.
"I'm feeling crucified when my intentions have been to see this community thrive," Desler said.
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