River Mile 11 Cleanup Advances

Update from OPB:

Rick Applegate is a consultant who served as the city's top administrator for the Harbor for ten years. He called Mile 11,between the Broadway and Fremont bridges. a "very important area", home to the worst PCB contamination in the river. The contamination lies in the river mud, but also in the water, and, at some times of the year, in fish found in that part of the river.

Movement in cleanup of River Mile 11E is reported in the Willamette Week

Portland Harbor cleanup to see more diverse community input as result of grant

As reported in The Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/01/portland_harbor_gra...

"The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund has announced a $50,000 donation to a project seeking to provide more diverse community representation in discussions about the cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

The hazardous waste site is the result of decades of industrial use along the Willamette River and in 2000 was made a top priority of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Criticizes Clean-Up Study for Portland Harbor Superfund Site

Posted on Northwest Public Radio: http://www.nwpr.org/post/epa-criticizes-clean-study-portland-harbor-supe...

"The EPA announced it will redo parts of a study exploring ways to clean-up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. An initial draft prepared by groups that will pay for the cleanup was biased, the agency says. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix explains."

Portland harbor Superfund cleanup alternatives have 'many deficiencies that need substantial revision,' Environmental Protection Agency says

As reported by Scott Learn in The Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/01/portland_harbor_...

A landmark report on Portland harbor cleanup alternatives drafted by key harbor property owners last year has "many deficiencies" and needs "substantial revision," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

EPA comments on Draft Feasibility Study submitted by Lower Willamette Group


EPA received the draft feasibility study from the Lower Willamette Group in March 2012. The study describes various options for cleaning up Portland Harbor. EPA recently completed a technical review of the study and submitted comments to the Lower Willamette Group. Our comments are available for review (see below). 

Of Cabbages and Kings: How green is Oregon?

From The Daily Astorian: http://www.dailyastorian.com/opinion/columns/of-cabbages-and-kings-how-g...

We Oregonians like to believe our state has a strong environmental strain.

In many ways it does. But when I listen to my old friend Rick Applegate, I realize there are limits to what enters our political discussion.

For 10 years, Rick was director of the city of Portland’s superfund cleanup of Portland?Harbor. Very little happened.

Portland CSO 1-Year Compliance Report Submitted to DEQ

"The City's CSO control agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality required filing a report 12 months after CSO construction ended to show that the CSO control system works [which includes the "Big Pipe"]. Environmental Services submitted a final CSO compliance report to the DEQ last month.The final ASFO milestone for controlling outfalls was completed as of December 1, 2011.

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group looking for more resident feedback on Superfund cleanup

"The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group is looking for more community members to submit ideas about cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The 13-person advisory board includes residents of St. Johns, Linnton and Sauvie Island. But the group says it will need more resident feedback as the EPA decides this year how to clean up the Willamette River."

See this article by Casey Parks in The Oregonian:


Arkema, one of Portland Harbor Superfund's dirtiest sites, launches long-delayed cleanup

by Scott Learn in The Oregonian - http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/10/arkema_one_of_po...

"It's been a long time coming, but work is finally under way to contain pollution from one of Portland harbor's dirtiest sites, the former home of a DDT and rocket-fuel maker that's loaded with the full suite of harbor toxics."

Industry-funded study tracks fishing in polluted Portland Harbor

by Scott Learn in The Oregonian - http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/10/industry-funded_...

"About 7,800 people eat contaminated resident fish such as bass and catfish caught in polluted Portland Harbor each year, a new study paid for by three harbor industries estimates.

And roughly 4,800 consume the fish at or above levels recommended by state health officials, said David Sunding,co-author of The Brattle Group study."

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