DEQ Video of Upland Source Control sites and work

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has produced a 40 minute video providing background and updates regarding source control work along Portland Harbor. Watch the video here, or for more information visit the DEQ Portland Harbor web page.

Steve Duin: Schrader curtly shreds the EPA

Comments from Congressman Kurt Schrader, with followup comments by Travis Williams and Bob Sallinger, in a piece by Steve Duin.

Adds Williams, "I don't think Congressman Schrader's knowledge of the issue is all that deep. And it's reflected in how he's talking about the issue."

Portland Business Journal: Portland's Superfund efforts show signs of life

Read this full report at:

by Wendy Culverwell

• Portland Harbor is largely isolated from Combined Sewer Overflows or CSO, which result when rainfall overwhelms sewage systems and flows directly into rivers. There are hundreds of outfalls in Portland Harbor but most operate under stormwater permits.

Portland Harbor - Dispute Decision on Background (Remedial Investigation (RI) Section 7)

Rick Albright, Director of the Office of Environmental Cleanup for EPA Region 10, has issued his decision on a dispute raised by the Lower Willamette Group regarding the background level determination at Portland Harbor. The decision is attached below.

In summary, Albright upheld the EPA determination of background levels.

"This letter sets forth my determination with respect to the Lower Willamette Group's August 26, 2014,
request for dispute resolution regarding EPA's August 12, 2014, decision that certain outlier sample

March 2015 CAG Presentation

The March CAG meeting featured a presentation by Sean Sheldrake of EPA about capping technology, and a report from Scott Manzano of Oregon DEQ about the McCormick and Baxter site capping and long-term performance monitoring.

The presentation from Scott Manzano is attached.

Status of Willamette Cove Cleanup

Status of the Willamette Cove Cleanup – February 2015

More information is posted at the DEQ website for Willamette Cove.

The DEQ is working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Port of Portland, Metro, and others to ensure that ongoing assessment and cleanup efforts at Willamette Cove meet Oregon’s standards established to protect human health and the environment.

Willamette Cove

February CAG Meeting

The February 2015 CAG meeting included a presentation from EPA about Monitored Natural Recovery, including some discussion of effectiveness and appropriateness to conditions in the Portland Harbor. Attached here is the display portion of the presentation.

Attached is also the DEQ Zidell presentation that Scott Manzano gave at the February 2015 meeting.

Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory

From Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:

January 17, 2015 (updated 1/18/15 8:00 a.m.)
Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

Heavy rain on Saturday, January 17, 2015 caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park.

Nov. 19 Webinar comparing Pt Angeles, Duwamish River, and Portland Harbor Cleanup

Please find at this link the excellent webinar presentation by Dr. Peter L. deFur comparing cleanup information between these hazardous waste site cleanups: Rayonier-Port Angeles Harbor, Duwamish River, and Portland Harbor, with Q&A from audience and input from James Rasmussen, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

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