CAG Meeting Wed. Oct. 12, 2011

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group meets Wednesday, October 12

Meetings of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PH CAG) are
intended to keep the community abreast of developments on the Portland
Harbor Superfund Site and to provide a forum for discussion.  PH CAG
meetings are open to everyone.  We encourage you to step forward to
share your concerns and advice.

Date:   Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Linnton Restoration Success! Alder Creek Site Plans

Congratulations to Janice Secunda, Darise Weller, John Shaw, and all the others who worked so hard over the past years to get the former Alder Creek Lumber Co. site purchased by a mitigation bank, Wildlands, Inc.  PHCAG supports the goal of restoration within the lower Willamette, and this project represents a significant contribution to achieving that goal.  The site will now provide enhanced public access, increased fish habitat, and a daylighted creek previously buried on the property.
 

Bluemanauer: Superfund cleanup should not be delayed

from Sustainable Business Oregon

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 9:45am PDT

Superfund cleanup should not be delayed

CAG Meeting Septmber 14, 2011

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group meets Wednesday, Sept 14

Meetings of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PHCAG) are
intended to keep the community abreast of developments on the Portland
Harbor Superfund Site and to provide a forum for discussion.  PHCAG
meetings are open to everyone.  We encourage you to step forward to
share your concerns and advice.

Date:   Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Alternative Technology Screening

LWG and EPA screened various alternative technologies to be included in or excluded from the Feasibility Study based on effectiveness and implementability-- two factors used when selecting a long term clean up remedy.  Table 2 (download) summarizes what alternative technologies will be included or excluded.  Table 3 (

Innovative Technologies

A hot topic among CAG members is the extent to which EPA and PRPs must consider the use of innovative technologies when selecting a long term cleanup strategy.


Portland Harbor Partnership Formed

A new group of seven organizations has been formed to enhance public outreach about the Superfund Site.  They have created a short questionnaire/survey to get a better sense of community awareness.

 

The Portland Harbor Partners include the Port of Portland, the Oregon Division of State Lands, Calbag Metals, Evraz Portland, Gunderson LLC, NW Natural, Schnitzer Steel, and Vigor Industrial. The PHP is working in cooperation with Portland State University Hatfield School of Government and Oregon State University Extension Service.

 

Oregonian Article About Senators and Representatives Touring Superfund Site

The Oregonian's Janie Har provided a brief summary of a Superfund site tour taken by the Oregon delegation.  On the tour were Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Schrader and Blumenauer.  The focus of the article is about the length of time the process has taken and the amount of money it is costing.  The delegation wants action to finish cleanup of the Harbor as soon as possible, but apparently 2020 is not out of the question.
 

Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF)

A hot topic in the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup these days is Confined Disposal Facilities (CDFs).  PRPs have proposed CDFs as both early actions (Terminal 4, Arkema»

Oregonian Article About Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF)

The Oregonian's Scott Learn released an article about issues surrounding the placement of confined disposal facilities (CDFs) at Terminal 4, Swan Island, and Arkema after attending last month's CAG meeting on the subject.  The article reflects many of the issues that the CAG, EPA, and LWG have been dealing with over the last few years.


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