About the Portland Harbor Cleanup Site
The Portland Harbor Site spans 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River. The river sediments, surface water, and the fish that reside in the harbor have high levels of PCBs, PAHs, dioxins/furans, DDT and other pesticides which present an unacceptable risk to people’s health, especially subsistence and tribal fishers, and to the environment.
Under EPA cleanup plan, contaminated sediments at the site will be addressed through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery. Approximately 394 acres of sediment, out of 2,190 total acres in the site, will be actively remediated with dredging and capping, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. Approximately 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time.
Active cleanup construction work is expected to take about 13 years and cost $1 billion. Following the active cleanup construction phase, EPA expects a 100-fold reduction in contamination-related cancer and other serious risks. The river’s natural recovery process will further reduce these risks.
In anticipation of future settlement funds becoming available for restoration, the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Trustee Council) is accepting proposals for ecological restoration projects within the Portland Harbor Superfund Study Area and Broader...read more
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Meeting Notes – December 2019 Submitted by Sarah Taylor 12-28-2019 Next meeting The monthly CAG Meeting is Wednesday January 8th at 6:00 pm at the BES Water Lab Topic- Wildlife in the Portland Harbor – Habitat needs and impact...read more
Willamette Cove In-Water Remedial Design Agreement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a settlement agreement with the State of Oregon, City of Portland, Port of Portland and settling federal agencies to develop remedial design for the Willamette...read more
EPA’s Final Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD): After reviewing and responding to input from over 1,100 commenters, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued the final Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) that identifies changes...read more
Published on OregonLive 19/9/2019 By Cassie Cohen and Jessica Rojas Cohen is co-founder and executive director of the Portland Harbor Community Coalition. Rojas is the associate director at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and is a member of the Portland Harbor...read more
As reported on opb.org: by Cassandra Profita Follow OPB Sept. 25, 2019 10:15 a.m. | Portland, Ore. Companies with property in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site downstream from NW Natural include ExxonMobil, BP and Toyota. Cassandra Profita/OPB Four of the parties...read more
As reported by The Portland Tribune's Jim Redden 9/12/2019: The City Council agreed to spend up to $3.475 million more through 2024 to help meet its commitment to cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner...read more
The Willamette River Advocacy Group is accepting proposals for the Technical Advisor position to work with community partners affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. This position is instrumental in helping the community to be better informed and active in the decision-making process, and to become effective stewards of the ongoing cleanup of the lower 11 miles of the Willamette River.read more
PHCAG MEETING: Wednesday, AUGUST 14 6:30-8:30, BES LAB, REFRESHMENTS 8-14-2019 Howard Sprouse-New GASCO_ Ilwaco Petroleum Results 1 _Remediators White Paper 2018read more
Union Pacific plant operator allowed thousands of gallons of oil to spill into Willamette River, feds say
Reported in The Oregonian By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive Federal lawyers are prosecuting a wastewater plant operator for Union Pacific Railroad, alleging he allowed thousands of gallons of oil to seep from an overflowing tank into the Willamette River...read more