Willamette River Cleanup

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Portland Harbor CAG meeting January 10, 2024

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   In Attendance Madi Novak, Interim Superfund Project Manager Laura Knudsen, EPA Dani Jochums, Triangle Associates Anna Hamilton, Triangle Associates­­ Sarah Greenfield, ODEQ Dawn Sanders, BES...

Oil, Chemical Firms Pay Millions to Fix Portland Harbor

An update as reported in the Environmental News Service 12/31/2023 PORTLAND, Oregon, December 31, 2023 (ENS) – People who eat fish that live year-round in Oregon’s Lower Willamette River are taking a big risk, as these fish contain levels of toxic polychlorinated...

Public Comment Period Extended for Recently Announced Consent Decrees

Thank you Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council for notification: On November 1st, 2023, the Justice Department lodged two proposed consent decrees in federal court among members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Trustee Council) and...

Please Join Our Portland Harbor CAG at theBraided River Gallery at Lloyd CenterWednesday, November 8, 2023 At 5:00 p.m. Pacific

Please Join Our Portland Harbor CAG at theBraided River Gallery at Lloyd CenterWednesday, November 8, 2023At 5:00 p.m. Pacific**In Person event Only** at 1139 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97232  *Please note that you will enter the mall on the Barns and Nobel level off...

Responsible Parties Reach Settlement for More Than $33 Million to Restore Natural Resources in Portland Harbor

The agreements, with an estimated restoration value of approximately $33.2 million, require the PRPs to pay cash damages or purchase credits in projects to restore salmon and other natural resources that were lost due to contamination released from the responsible parties’ facilities into the Willamette River.

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About the Portland Harbor Cleanup Site

The Portland Harbor Site spans 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River. The river sediments, surface water, and the fish that reside in the harbor have high levels of PCBs, PAHs, dioxins/furans, DDT and other pesticides which present an unacceptable risk to people’s health, especially subsistence and tribal fishers, and to the environment.

Under EPA cleanup plan, contaminated sediments at the site will be addressed through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery. Approximately 394 acres of sediment, out of 2,190 total acres in the site, will be actively remediated with dredging and capping, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. Approximately 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time.

Active cleanup construction work is expected to take about 13 years and cost $1 billion. Following the active cleanup construction phase, EPA expects a 100-fold reduction in contamination-related cancer and other serious risks. The river’s natural recovery process will further reduce these risks.

CAG General Meeting May 10, 2023

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor Casimera Tadewaldt Melissa Berry   Participants: 28   This meeting has been recorded and took place virtually and on location at the Green Anchors Industrial Park office.   Sarah Taylor: Land...

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CAG General Meeting April 26, 2023

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor Casimera Tadewaldt Melissa Berry   Participants: 14   This meeting has been recorded and took place virtually and on location at the Green Anchors Industrial Park office.   Sarah Taylor: Land...

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CAG General Meeting April 12, 2023

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor Casimera Tadewaldt Melissa Berry   Participants: 48   This meeting has been recorded and took place virtually and on location at the Green Anchors Industrial Park office.   Sarah Taylor: Land...

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February 2023 CAG Meeting Notes

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Participants: 35   This meeting has been recorded and took place virtually and on location at the Green Anchors Industrial Park office.   Sarah Taylor: Land Acknowledgement (summary): The...

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February 8 CAG meeting and other news

Please Join OurPortland Harbor CAG Meeting.Wednesday, February 8, 2023 At 6:30 p.m.  The Meeting Will BeginAt 6:30 p.m. Pacific Click Here For The Zoom Link    Hello Everyone, Tonight, we will have a knowledge share and discussion with Oregon Department of Fish...

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CAG General Meeting January 11, 2023

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Participants: 23   This meeting has been recorded and took place virtually and on location at the Green Anchors Industrial Park office.   Sarah Taylor: Land Acknowledgement (summary): The...

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Portland Harbor CAG Meeting November 9, 2022

CAG General Meeting November 9, 2022     CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Participants: 17   This meeting is recorded. Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe here” and at the bottom of the page. Sarah Taylor: Land...

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Portland Harbor Collaborative Update

The September 14 Portland Harbor Collaborative Group meeting summary is now available. You may also view the September 14 meeting recording, as well as past recordings on Triangle’s Collaborative Group YouTube channel. Please save the date for the next quarterly...

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Meeting November 9 and Check out the New EJ Screening Tool

Please Join OurPortland Harbor CAG Meeting.Wednesday, November 9, 2022 At 6:30 p.m.  The Meeting Will BeginAt 6:30 p.m. Pacific Click Here For The Zoom Link    Hello Everyone,Please join us for our Portland Harbor CAG meeting using the zoom link above. This...

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