PUBLIC FORUM - The EPA Proposed Plan Explained June 21, 2016

Willamette Superfund milestone and event:
On June 8, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its Proposed Plan to clean up the 12 miles of the Willamette River followed by 60-day Public Comment Period that will be the main opportunity for public involvement in the entire process.


Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PHCAG) is hosting a
PUBLIC FORUM - The EPA Proposed Plan Explained
June 21, 2016, 7pm to 9pm
Harriet Tubman School, 2231 N. Flint (near Emanuel Hospital)

Proposed Plan to be Released June 8th

Noticed from the EPA 5/27:

"The EPA will publicly release the Portland Harbor Feasibility Study and Proposed Plan on Wednesday, June 8. A media availability will be held that day, featuring Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran and Regional Superfund Remedial Cleanup Program Manager, Cami Grandinetti, at EPA’s Portland office (805 SW Broadway, Suite 500, Portland OR 97205). A photo/video availability will follow at a downtown riverside location. More details on the availability will follow on Monday, June 6. The public comment period will officially begin on Thursday, June 9 and end on Monday, August 8. We look forward to speaking with you on June 8th."

EPA will also be announcing a schedule of public hearings to be held during the Public Comment Period.

Various community groups will be hosting forums about the Proposed Plan to encourage participation, and to encourage members of the public to provide their comments to EPA.

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) has a forum scheduled for June 21st, 7pm, at the Harriet Tubman Middle School, at which Peter deFur, technical adviser for the CAG will provide a report on his review of the Proposed Plan.

Reported elsewhere:

Our river. Your pollution, by Allan Classen

Editorial published in the Northwest Examiner, May 2016:

Steve Duin: Fishing for answers in the Portland harbor

by Steve Duin in The Oregonian

For as long as I can remember – heck, since Hillary Clinton last lived in the White House – the wrangling over the cleanup of the Portland harbor has been as infuriating and intractable as a rush-hour rendezvous with the Ross Island Bridge.
"The public is going to have 60 days to read this document and absorb it," Sallinger notes. "The Environmental Protection Agency and potential responsible parties have had 16 years to discuss and negotiate and haggle over the process."
Fishermen, kayakers, shipbuilders, ratepayers, provocateurs, gather round: At long last, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking what you want.

Will your comment, your questions, your passion count for anything?

A lot more than your silence will.

EPA, DEQ promise much, deliver little protection for river

Commentary by CAG member Barbara Quinn published in Street Roots:

Portland's Finally Going to Talk to Disadvantaged Folks About Their Filthy River

As reported in The Portland Mercury:

But it turns out this latest hiccup may also result in an unanticipated positive. After weeks of outcry from groups keeping tabs on the process, the City of Portland has agreed it should do more to educate the public about the cleanup and what's at stake—like potentially billions of dollars and decades of chemically tainted fish.

EPA: Proposed Plan to take 3 weeks longer to release

The EPA notified interested parties that it will take another 3 weeks to prepare the Proposed Plan for Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup.

"To meet legal obligations under Superfund, we must modify the timeline for delivering the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Proposed Plan. It is now clear that it will take about another three weeks to meet those requirements. As soon as we can, we will let you know the revised issue date, which we anticipate will be about three weeks later than planned.

Everyone's Waiting on Instructions for Cleaning Up the Willamette

Reported in the Portland Mercury:

"We want an aggressive cleanup that gets us toward levels that are considered safe for people and wildlife within a matter of years, rather than a matter of generations," says Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland. "Nobody expects every square inch of the river is going to be cleaned up, but the option they're considering is very weak."

EPA: After 16 Years, Get Ready To Comment On Portland Harbor Cleanup

OPB EarthFix Story by Cassandra Profita

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to release its proposed Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup plan early next month.

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