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.
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
PORTLAND HARBOR SUPERFUND SITE PUBLIC FORUM Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality & the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH 6PM – 8:30PM LOCATION: VILLAGE...read more
Reported by OPB Staff OPB May 10, 2019 9:47 a.m. | Updated: May 10, 2019 2:35 p.m. | Portland, Ore. The city of Portland and the state of Oregon say they’re partnering to tackle the Portland Harbor cleanup efforts. Last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection...read more
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group AsksJim McKenna, Portland Harbor Policy Analyst State of Oregon Natural Resources to speakThe City of St. Helens has offered the Lagoon that was Boise Veneer Mill site a location to place Superfund dredging.Where to dump the...read more
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Invites you to City of Portland Presentation of the Portland Harbor Superfund Community Involvement Program WEDNESDAY--FEBRUARY 13, 2019 Speaker: Jessica Terlikowski, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services senior...read more
Beth Appert, Multnomah County Fish Advisory Coorinator, is holding a Fish Consumption Workshop to help individuals who fish catch fish in the lower Willamette River to know what is, and what is not, safe to consume. It is an evening discussion with dinner. ADDRESS: ...read more