Reported by Sylvia Carignan on

A tug of war over one of the country’s most toxic sites is pitting the EPA against a handful of companies paying for cleanup.

The companies have sought to reduce the scale and cost of the cleanup at Portland Harbor, a key international shipping port in Oregon, claiminghardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month denied their request.

Both sides claim the other is unnecessarily slowing the cleanup process at the harbor.

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