Willamette River Cleanup

It’s Your River.  It’s Your Voice.  It’s Your Choice.

Follow-Up from the virtual June 10th Portland Harbor Public Forum.

From US EPA:  Thank you to everyone who attended the June 10th quarterly EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ and CAG support). A webinar recording and other materials from this event are now available both on EPA’s Portland Harbor website in the ‘Public...

State Seeks Comment on Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently accepting public comments on a proposal to close Willamette Cove to boating and other river uses from mid-August through October 2020 to allow sediment and water samples to be collected. Please read below for...

Help make Portland Harbor information accessible and protect the cleanup!

Join the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the City of Portland, and the Oregon Department of State Lands online July 8 at 6:30pm for a virtual workshop and share how YOU would like to learn about the river cleanup. RSVP to reserve your spot.

Portland, Port Join Settlement With Monsanto Over PCBs Contamination

Reported on OBP 6/24/2020 by Monica Samayoa: The City of Portland joins over 2,500 other government entities in reaching a proposed nationwide multi-million-dollar class settlement Wednesday with the agricultural chemical giant Monsanto.  The Port of Portland and the...

Feuds Among EPA, Companies Delay Cleanup of Contaminated Harbor

Reported by Sylvia Carignan on bloomberglaw.com: A tug of war over one of the country’s most toxic sites is pitting the EPA against a handful of companies paying for cleanup. The companies have sought to reduce the scale and cost of the cleanup at Portland Harbor, a...

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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.

State Seeks Comment on Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently accepting public comments on a proposal to close Willamette Cove to boating and other river uses from mid-August through October 2020 to allow sediment and water samples to be collected. Please read below for...

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CAG General Meeting May 13, 2020

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, ChairDoug LarsonSarah Taylor Presenters and Panelists DEQLauren Wirtis, HostErin McDonnellDan HafleyMike PoulsenRebecca Wells-AlbersLaura Knudsen, EPAKaty Weil, MetroDwight Leisle, Port of Portland Estimated Number of Participants:...

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March 11 Meeting Summary & Materials

Please review the final meeting summary from the March 11th, 2020 EPA Public Forum (with support from DEQ and the CAG). All presentations and related materials from the March 11th Public Forum are now available on EPA’s Portland Harbor website (in the ‘Public...

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EPA’s Response to the Post-ROD Comment Letter from PRPs

EPA has responded to the post-ROD comment letter received on March 9, 2020 from four Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (including Evraz Inc., Gunderson LLC, Schnitzer Steel Industries, and Vigor Industrial). EPA’s response...

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WILLAMETTE COVE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

from Portland Harbor Community Coalition: On March 2nd, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) started a 60-day public comment period for Willamette Cove. DEQ has proposed a remedy for this toxic site that includes removing some of the worst toxins...

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