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.

 

Oregonian report: Contamination still high at Northwest Natural's Portland harbor site, EPA says

The Oregonian's Scott Learn reported on Sean Sheldrake's memo regarding the EPA agreement with NW Natural and Siltronic for cleanup of the Gasco site.
"For one key carcinogen, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the river pollution is the highest measured in the Superfund site and up to 100 times above guidelines for river sediment, Sheldrake's memo says."
"The new cleanup work likely will include sediment dredging and disposal -- the most expensive option -- and run five to 10 times the scale of the 2005 work, Sheldrake said."

EPA,NW Natural and Siltronic agree to Portland Harbor work

Head Start on Engineering Work Will Help Speed Gasco and Siltronic Site Cleanup
EPA, NW Natural and Siltronic Ink an Agreement for Portland Harbor Work

Contact:                Sean Sheldrake 206-553-1220

Ann Beier to head the new Office of Healthy Working Rivers

Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced that she's hired Ann Beier to head the new Office of Healthy Working Rivers.

See The Oregonian report at http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2009/08/fritz_hires_river_cl...

Daily Journal of Commerce: Willamette River development risks rise

An article about the Portland Harbor, including this report:
"The DEQ is working to provide better information about future environmental degradation. Scott Manzano of DEQ’s Water Quality Division said the agency plans to use OSU’s new method as part of a pilot program starting in October. There will be retesting of the river near the McCormick and Baxter Superfund site.

Portland Harbor! How clean is clean enough?

As the Portland Harbor cleanup process moves forward, and the LWG and EPA wrestle through the RI/FS we must discuss what level of clean we want for our Harbor.
Do we wish to see more McCormick & Baxter type of sites, or do we step up and look for alternative treatment technologies to give a cleaner river?
And HEY, what about that upland source control?

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