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Comments from Congressman Kurt Schrader, with followup comments by Travis Williams and Bob Sallinger, in a piece by Steve Duin.
Adds Williams, "I don't think Congressman Schrader's knowledge of the issue is all that deep. And it's reflected in how he's talking about the issue."
Read this full report at: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2015/04/portlands-superfund...
by Wendy Culverwell
• Portland Harbor is largely isolated from Combined Sewer Overflows or CSO, which result when rainfall overwhelms sewage systems and flows directly into rivers. There are hundreds of outfalls in Portland Harbor but most operate under stormwater permits.
Rick Albright, Director of the Office of Environmental Cleanup for EPA Region 10, has issued his decision on a dispute raised by the Lower Willamette Group regarding the background level determination at Portland Harbor. The decision is attached below.
In summary, Albright upheld the EPA determination of background levels.
"This letter sets forth my determination with respect to the Lower Willamette Group's August 26, 2014,
request for dispute resolution regarding EPA's August 12, 2014, decision that certain outlier sample
The March CAG meeting featured a presentation by Sean Sheldrake of EPA about capping technology, and a report from Scott Manzano of Oregon DEQ about the McCormick and Baxter site capping and long-term performance monitoring.
The presentation from Scott Manzano is attached.
Status of the Willamette Cove Cleanup – February 2015
More information is posted at the DEQ website for Willamette Cove.
The DEQ is working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Port of Portland, Metro, and others to ensure that ongoing assessment and cleanup efforts at Willamette Cove meet Oregon’s standards established to protect human health and the environment.
The February 2015 CAG meeting included a presentation from EPA about Monitored Natural Recovery, including some discussion of effectiveness and appropriateness to conditions in the Portland Harbor. Attached here is the display portion of the presentation.
Attached is also the DEQ Zidell presentation that Scott Manzano gave at the February 2015 meeting.
Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Advisory
From Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:
January 17, 2015 (updated 1/18/15 8:00 a.m.)
Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River
Heavy rain on Saturday, January 17, 2015 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.
Please find at this link the excellent webinar presentation by Dr. Peter L. deFur comparing cleanup information between these hazardous waste site cleanups: Rayonier-Port Angeles Harbor, Duwamish River, and Portland Harbor, with Q&A from audience and input from James Rasmussen, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.
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.