The Oregonian: Behind closed doors, feds to unveil draft of Portland Harbor cleanup plan

Reported by Kelly House in The Oregonian:

Federal regulators in charge of cleaning up the heavy metal and PCB-laden Portland Harbor will test out the first draft of their cleanup plan this week before a few select people.

It will be months before the public sees a version of the Environmental Protection Agency's strategy to decontaminate the Lower Willamette River, and the plan is likely to change between now and then.

Still, those with a stake in the issue are viewing Wednesday's closed-door preview as a crucial moment in the 14-years-long-and-counting process.

River cleanup advocates are pushing for more aggressive remediation than any contained on a menu of options regulators published this fall, while the entities expecting to pay the cleaning bill are asking for a cheaper, more hands-off approach.