Portland Business Journal: Centennial Mills buildings need to be torn down — and fast

Read the full story at The Portland Business Journal

A collapse into the river could be calamitous, as the riverbed along that stretch of the Willamette is part of the existing Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory
Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

December 4, 2014

A rainstorm on Thursday, December 4, 2014 caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park until mid-afternoon on Saturday, December 6.

Evraz Steel ordered to remove contaminated soil along Willamette River bank

As reported by Steve Law in The Oregonian:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will require Evraz Oregon Steel Mills to remove contaminated soil along the Willamette River bank near its North Portland plant.

Willamette Superfund cleanup must happen soon and thoroughly: Guest opinion

Published in The Oregonian:

By Travis Williams, of Willamette Riverkeeper, Bob Sallinger, of the Audubon Society of Portland, Jim Robison, of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, and Cassie Cohen, of Groundwork Portland.

Portland Harbor Upland Source Control Summary Report

from: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/cu/nwr/portlandharbor/report.html

On Nov. 21, 2014, DEQ submitted the Portland Harbor Upland Source Control Summary Report to EPA and partners. The report concludes that current and planned cleanup of properties around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site will be sufficient for EPA to effectively implement the in-water remedy without delay.

Portland Harbor cleanup group's 'Willamette Speaks' event engages public in superfund discussion

By Kelly House in The Oregonian

In her years as a member of the advisory group responsible for monitoring the Portland Harbor cleanup effort, Barbara Quinn has noticed a disconcerting pattern.

Spokespeople for the 150 parties implicated in the harbor’s contamination always attend the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group’s meetings, but representation from members of the public is almost nonexistent.

Willamette Speaks on KBOO Radio

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Mike Karnosh of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; Jim Robison, Chair of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group; and Barbara Quinn of Willamette Speaks about the state of the Willamette River and what it will take to restore the river.

Listen at http://kboo.fm/content/politicalperspectiveson111214

Schnitzer Steel Sustainability Report

Schnitzer Steel has published their Sustainability Report for 2014. Read the report at http://www.schnitzersteel.com/sustainability_report.aspx

While the report highlights efforts by the company world wide to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and emphasizes the value of recycling metal as an important factor in sustainability, it does not include any particular details about the facility on the Willamette River.

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory

From Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:

CSO Advisory

October 22, 2014
For immediate release
For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328
Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

Today’s rainstorm caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. The public should avoid contact with Willamette River water from just south of the Sellwood Bridge downstream to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park for 48 hours after the combined sewer overflow (CSO) event ends.

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