Willamette River Cleanup

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Willamette Week: A Once-Polluted Stretch of Riverfront Has Been Clean for Nearly 20 Years. Why Is It Still Off-Limits?

Reported in Willamette Week: By Nigel Jaquiss April 10, 2024 at 7:01 am PDT Chasing Ghosts: Outdoor Adventure ADDRESS: 6900 N Edgewater St. YEAR BUILT: The creosote plant operated from 1944 to 1991. SIZE: 41.8 acres (land); 16.4 acres (water) MARKET VALUE: None...

Portland Harbor Community Impacts Mitigation Plan

From US EPA: EPA continues to develop the Community Impacts Mitigation Plan (CIMP) for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The CIMP is a living document that will serve as a guide and enforcement tool to reduce adverse impacts to the community from Portland Harbor...

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...

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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 November 10, 2021

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor John Marshall   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 32 This meeting is recorded.   Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe...

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Portland Harbor Community Coalition Launches new website

The Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC) has launched a new website, https://www.phccoalition.org/, and has announced the recruitment for Board members to make up the new board as PHCC transitions into becoming a 501(c)3 Educaitonal Non-Profit.

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By Cassandra Profita (OPB) Oct. 19, 2021 5 a.m. Read the full article at OPB: https://www.opb.org/article/2021/10/19/portland-willamette-river-gets-cleaner-also-gets-overcrowded/ Michael Pouncil paddles along a stretch of the Willamette River inside the Portland...

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Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.

Click Here For The Zoom Link   Hello everyone,  Fall is here once again and the welcomed rain has been a relief for so many in the PNW, especially our neighbors in Eastern Washington, Southern Oregon and Northern California. As we search and advocate to find solutions...

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Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative

*TODAY! – No RSVP Needed*Wednesday, September 8 Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative (5-7pm Pacific) Everyone is welcome to observe the third quarterly Portland Harbor Collaborative meeting via Triangle’s Zoom link TODAY! The core meeting will occur from 5-7pm...

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Willamette River Insider

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here.  Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund SiteCollaborative Group Meeting  Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. September, 8 2021 5pm-7pm pacific Please us the link below to...

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June Willamette Insider Newsletter

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here. Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative GroupOBSERVER (PUBLIC) AGENDA(v. 6-2-2021) Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional sections between 4:30 – 5:00...

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May CAG Meeting

CAG General Meeting May 12, 2021 CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 43   Sarah Taylor Introductions. Welcome and thanks for...

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