"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.

Remedial Investigation Report submitted to EPA

EPA recently received the draft Portland Harbor Remedial Investigation (RI) Report from the Lower Willamette Group.  The RI report takes an in-depth look at the nature and extent of contamination in a 10-mile stretch of the lower Willamette River, including surface and subsurface sediment, fish and shellfish tissue, surface water, groundwater, and storm water,  It also describes the physical features, current and historical land and harbor uses, and habitat areas of the river and nearby lands.

Business Journal: $74 million Superfund study released

A story about the Remedial Investigation report in the Portland Business Journal:
http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/10/26/daily31.html

Oregonian: Portland harbor contamination poses risk to humans, environment, study shows

The Oregonian's Scott Learn reports on the Remedial Investigation for the Portland Harbor.
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/10/portland_harbor_...

OPB: 'Mega-Superfund' Cleanup Moving Slowly

A short story on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and release of the Remidial Investigation report, from Oregon Public Broadcasting:  http://news.opb.org/article/6045/willamette-mega-superfund-cleanup-movin...
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Combined Sewer Overflow Advisory

A combined sewer overflow (CSO) alert is in effect. Portland's combined sewers overflowed to the Willamette River on Saturday, September 19, 2009.
http://www.portlandonline.com/bes/?c=36989&a=263778
 
A combined sewer overflow (CSO) alert is in effect. Portland's combined sewers overflowed to the Willamette River on Saturday, September 5, 2009.

New York Times Report: 500,000 violations of Clean Water Act in past 5 years

The New York Times has compiled a comprehensive collection of data on facilities permitted under the Clean Water Act, violations of the law, and enforcement actions.  The data shows that enforcement is often lax, but Oregon fairs better than many other states.

The most common violators in Oregon, under the Clean Water Act, are municipal waste water treatment plants, including Portland's facility on Columbia Boulevard.

You can browse the data at http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters.

 

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