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Portland Becomes Seventh City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

Portland, Oregon is suing Monsanto over contaminating the city's waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a highly toxic group of chemicals that endangers human health and the environment.

Read the article here from truth-out and here from the Portland Tribune.

City of Portland to file Suite Against Monsanto for PCBs

The Portland City Attorney has submitted an item for Council approval to support a lawsuit against Monsanto to recover costs expended in the Superfund Cleanup of the Willamette River caused by PCBs. See

Authorize the City Attorney to take legal action against Monsanto Company and its
successor entities to recover public funds that have been and will be expended by the City
as a result of the manufacture and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs

Wanted: Real-life takes on the $1.4B Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup

As reported in the Portland Business Journal

By James Cronin, Published March 3, 2016

The EPA expects to issue its proposal in April. The plans would mitigate pollution in about 10 miles of the Willamette River from Sauvie Island to just past the Fremont Bridge.

Submit Comments to the CAG

EPA will be releasing the Proposed Plan for cleanup of the Portland Harbor in early April. To be prepared, the Community Advisory Group asks that members of the public read up on what has gone into the Feasibility Study (see links and articles posted on this website) to learn what to expect in the Proposed Plan. You may use the form below to submit your comments to the CAG. Your comments will be compiled with others for submission to the EPA during the public comment period on the Proposed Plan.

Cleaning up the Willamette - League of Women Voters Forum - February 9, 2016

EPA: Harbor Superfund cleanup plan must be approved by end of year

As reported by Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Grandinetti told the council the EPA is expecting to present its plan for cleaning up the Portland harbor in coming months. A series of public forums are scheduled to discuss the process and more will be held after it released. Grandinetti said the EPA is hopeful it can approve the plan by December, but warned of delays if that does not happen.

National Remedy Review Board and Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group Recommendations and EPA Region 10 Responses

EPA Region 10 has provided their response to the recommendations of the National Remedy Review Board and Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group Recommendations. These documents are available at the EPA Region 10 website

Region 10 Responses to National Remedy Review Board and Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group Recommendations (PDF) (19 pp, 621K) - January 21, 2016

Willamette Insider January Newsletter

January/February 2016 issue of The Willamette River Insider newsletter is attached here. Read about the series of upcoming Community Forums.

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