Lawsuit Aimed At Prompting More Participation In Portland Harbor Superfund Site

On April 23rd ten public agencies and businesses involved in the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup filed suit naming sixty plus additional companies to share responsibility for the costs of the superfund investigation and cleanup.  This suit is directed at those companies that are not already participating in sharing the costs, in order to prod them to participate in a negotiated agreement for cost sharing.
Copied below is the Press Release from the plaintiffs regarding this lawsuit.

Schnitzer Steel agrees to upgrade stormwater system

See Oregonian article at

In response to a Notice of Intent to Sue detailing violations of the Clean Water Act from the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) Schnitzer Steel has agreed to spend $1.6 million on upgrading the storm water runoff system at their N. Burgard Rd. facility.

DEQ Sets April 14 Meeting about proposed Containment System for Contaminated Groundwater at Arkema, Inc. site

News Release
For release: March 31, 2009
Matt McClincy, Portland Harbor Section, Portland, (503) 229-5538
Marcia Danab, Communications & Outreach, Portland, (503) 229-6488

DEQ targets one of Portland harbor's dirtiest spots

Click here for DEQ's Request for Comments regarding the construction of the containment system can be found.
Other documents regarding the Arkema site can be found at the EPA Arkema page.
An article from The Oregonian regarding the Arkema site clean up.

Low levels of BPA raise breast cancer risk in rat offspring.

Jenkins, S, N Raghuraman, I Eltoum, M Carpenter, J Russo and C Lamartiniere. 2009. Oral exposure to bisphenol A increases dimethylbenzanthracene- induced mammary cancer in rats. Environmental Health Perspectives doi:10.1289/ehp.11751.

Link to Oregonian: University of Portland relishes new 35-acre site's potential ...

University of Portland relishes new 35-acre site's potential ...
See the story in the Oregonian about the University of Portland's purchase of "Triangle Park."

No Whining

No Whining

EPA releases State of the River Report for the Columbia River Basin

EPA is releasing the on-line version of the Columbia River Basin State of the River Report for Toxics.  This report is a call to action for governments, Tribes and the public.  It is a compilation of currently available data about four widespread contaminants in the Basin and identifies the risks they pose to the environment and humans. The four contaminants are: mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its breakdown products,  and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

EPA Public Comment Opportunity for Triangle Park

Public comments are invited on the proposed settlement agreement for the Triangle Park Removal Action Area within the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.  Under this agreement with EPA, Triangle Park LLC will deposit $1.2 million into a trust fund that will be used to pay for cleanup at the site.  This settlement will enable the University of Portland, which entered a Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Agreement with EPA in 2006, to complete the purchase of the Triangle Park property.  

The History of the Willamette River

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group meets next week.  The topic is The History of the Willamette River .

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