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.
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
When Wilma Alcock was young, she fished all the time on the Willamette River, eating the bluegills, perch and crappie she and her family caught. Read the write-up about the Portland Harbor Community Coalition at Metro's website. “It got to the point where we couldn’t...read more
As expected, the Oregon Health Authority updated the Health Advisory for the Lower Willamette River by lowering advised safe levels on resident fish consumption and expanding the area included in the advisory. Read more here:...read more
We want to congratulate the Willamette River Advocacy Group (WRAG) who was officially awarded the EPA’s Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) for Portland Region 10 Superfund cleanup. The grant allows the group funding to hire a Technical Advisor who can represent the...read more