Feasibility Study presentation by Lower Willamette Group

The February 10th meeting of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group featured a presentation by Bob Wyatt and Jim McKenna of the Lower Willamette Group outlining the process for completing the Feasibility Study.  This is the next major portion of work for the superfund cleanup, and will be the final product of the Lower Willamette Group before cleanup operations get under way.  Attached is the power point presentation from the meeting.

Portland Harbor CAG Comments on Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments

February 10th the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group sent a letter of comment to the EPA regarding the draft Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assesment submitted to EPA by the Lower Willamette Group.  Included with the letter is a technical review provided by Environmental Stewarship Concepts.

Marine Traffic map

Near real time map of marine vessels in the Portland Harbor area.

EPA Review of draft Baseline Ecological Risk and Human Health Risk Assessments

In its initial review of the draft Baseline Ecological Risk and Human Health Risk Assessments provided by the Lower Willamette Group, the EPA has identified several deficiencies in the determination and reporting of risks.

Environmental Law Education Center conference on Portland Harbor superfund cleanup

The Environmental Law Education Center will be hosting a conference January 8th on Legal, Regulatory and Technical Issues: Portland Harbor, Remedial Investigation Report; Source Control & Other Hot Topics.
View the Agenda and registration information at http://www.elecenter.com/agenda_2010-01-08.htm.

Saving fish, and jobs, on the North Reach

Read the Oregonian Editorial about Portland's North Reach plan.
"The city's Willamette River plan is doomed from the start unless the city, environmentalists and industry leaders reach a clearer, deeper understanding.  The frustrating thing is, everybody's right -- at least sort of right -- about the Willamette's North Reach."

"Controversy swamps River Plan" as reported by the Portland Tribune

Responding to business-related concerns, Mayor Sam Adams has postponed the first formal hearing on an ambitious city plan intended to improve the environment in and around the Portland harbor while also protecting jobs.
The City Council had been scheduled to hold a hearing on the first phase of the River Plan on Dec. 16. The plan covers the so-called North Reach section of the Willamette River that stretches from the Broadway Bridge to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River.

After the Clean-Up--Healing Portland Harbor

(From http://www.portlandonline.com/river/index.cfm?a=276051&c=39767)
A group of tribes and state and federal agencies have released a draft plan for how they will assess damage caused to natural resources in the Portland Harbor by the past release of hazardous substances.
Comments on the plan are due on January 15, 2010.
A Public Meeting to discuss the NRDA Assessment Plan will be held:

Portland Harbor CAG Meeting December 9

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group meets this week.  The agenda includes:

Oregon regulators propose new water pollution permit for Oregon Steel

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian
November 30, 2009, 10:45AM
A proposed new wastewater permit for Evraz Oregon Steel includes new requirements for monitoring toxic pollution from the Portland Harbor manufacturer but does not require more wastewater cleanup.

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