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Portland Harbor Record of Decision Review of Community Concerns

At the request of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, an independent technical advisor has conducted a review of the ROD as to it's responsiveness to concerns that were raised in community comments submitted to EPA.

This review will be presented at the CAG meeting on Wednesday, May 10th. 6:00pm, City of Portland Water Pollution Control Lab conference room, 6543 N Burlington Ave, Portland, OR 97203.

That review is attached here in both English and Spannish.

Learn, review and COMMENT on the EPA's Proposed Plan BEFORE September 6, 5pm.

1. Learn:
Click here to view the EPA Fact Sheet and summary of the Proposed Plan (8 pages, 1MB), or click here to download the full PDF version of the EPA's Portland Harbor Proposed Plan (151 pages, 23MB). Additional information and details can be found at the links on this site and at

2. Review:
The Plan is currently being reviewed by multiple organizations and individuals. As we have more material available, we will post that here. Click here to see an initial list of concerns raised by Dr. Peter deFur, technical consultant working with the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group and Willamette Riverkeepers.

3. Comment:
You may use this form below (courtesy of to submit your own comment to EPA. Write your own comments in your own words highlighting what you feel are the most important points to raise. Be specific when you can.

The deadline for Public Comments is September 6.

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

The proposed cleanup of Portland Harbor is a big win for industry and a bad deal for the public. EPA’s cleanup proposal tackles just 8% of a site area that is 100% toxic. A more aggressive plan is needed to prevent even more harm to human health and the environment. On behalf of all people who rely on the river for food, recreation, employment and culture, I urge the EPA to implement a plan that:

  • Moves quickly and sustainably reduces contaminants causing harm to Willamette and Columbia river resources
  • Includes ongoing monitoring and cleanup upriver and downriver from the site
  • Contributes to healthy fish that are safe to eat for all people
  • Holds polluters accountable for creating a safer Portland Harbor
  • These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve.

    And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.

    City of Portland to file Suite Against Monsanto for PCBs

    The Portland City Attorney has submitted an item for Council approval to support a lawsuit against Monsanto to recover costs expended in the Superfund Cleanup of the Willamette River caused by PCBs. See

    Authorize the City Attorney to take legal action against Monsanto Company and its
    successor entities to recover public funds that have been and will be expended by the City
    as a result of the manufacture and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs

    My View: Do Superfund cleanup right

    As published in the Portland Tribune

    October 27, 2015
    by Travis Williams

    Citizens must be vigilant to ensure Willamette River contaminants are removed correctly

    Over many decades, a stretch of the Willamette River from the Fremont Bridge to near the Columbia River has been heavily polluted. Mixed into the river sediments over the years, contaminants such as PCBs, heavy metals, oil-based pollutants, and even the breakdown products of DDT are found in this area.

    The forgotten ships

    An interesting story in the Portland Tribune about the war time history of ship building in the Portland area.  See

    Low levels of BPA raise breast cancer risk in rat offspring.

    Jenkins, S, N Raghuraman, I Eltoum, M Carpenter, J Russo and C Lamartiniere. 2009. Oral exposure to bisphenol A increases dimethylbenzanthracene- induced mammary cancer in rats. Environmental Health Perspectives doi:10.1289/ehp.11751.

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