PCB exposure and effects on human health

Attached here are two informative studies about human exposure to PCBs and the effects of this exposure on human health.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Routes of Exposure and Effects of Human Health by David O. Carpenter
Exposure to and health effects of volatile PCBs by David O. Carpenter

Proposed Plan Comments submitted to EPA

Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who submitted comments to the EPA asking for a more aggressive cleanup of the Portland Harbor.

Attached here are some of the comments submitted to EPA:

Portland Tribune: Divvying up the Superfund cleanup

By Steve Law

“As a general concept, I don’t mind the idea of breaking it down into operable units, so that work can be done effectively in one place,” says Jim Robison, chairman of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, EPA’s officially designated citizens panel. The idea of breaking the 10-mile site into smaller Superfund projects has long been discussed, Robison says.

However, he adds, “I wouldn’t want that to be an avenue for them to do less of an effective cleanup.”

Cleanup plans for Portland Harbor not good enough, Yakama Nation leaders say

Reported in The Yakima Herald-Republic by Kate Prengaman: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/cleanup-plans-for-portland-harbor...

Additonal Report at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/08/fish-protect-fail-y...

Yakama Nation leaders traveled to Washington D.C. this week to urge the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve its plans for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Interviews - Water World on KBOO with Kristen Yount

Interview with Rose Longoria, Yakama Nation Fisheries on 02/17/16

Discussion with Peter deFur, community technical consultant and Rose Longora on 06/22/16

Willamette River Festival

Learn, review and COMMENT on the EPA's Proposed Plan BEFORE September 6, 5pm.

1. Learn:
Click here to view the EPA Fact Sheet and summary of the Proposed Plan (8 pages, 1MB), or click here to download the full PDF version of the EPA's Portland Harbor Proposed Plan (151 pages, 23MB). Additional information and details can be found at the links on this site and at http://go.usa.gov/3Wf2B

2. Review:
The Plan is currently being reviewed by multiple organizations and individuals. As we have more material available, we will post that here. Click here to see an initial list of concerns raised by Dr. Peter deFur, technical consultant working with the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group and Willamette Riverkeepers.

3. Comment:
You may use this form below (courtesy of http://www.cleanupportlandharbor.org/) to submit your own comment to EPA. Write your own comments in your own words highlighting what you feel are the most important points to raise. Be specific when you can.

The deadline for Public Comments is September 6.

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

The proposed cleanup of Portland Harbor is a big win for industry and a bad deal for the public. EPA’s cleanup proposal tackles just 8% of a site area that is 100% toxic. A more aggressive plan is needed to prevent even more harm to human health and the environment. On behalf of all people who rely on the river for food, recreation, employment and culture, I urge the EPA to implement a plan that:

  • Moves quickly and sustainably reduces contaminants causing harm to Willamette and Columbia river resources
  • Includes ongoing monitoring and cleanup upriver and downriver from the site
  • Contributes to healthy fish that are safe to eat for all people
  • Holds polluters accountable for creating a safer Portland Harbor
  • These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve.

    And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.

    Diverse coalition condemns EPA’s Portland Harbor cleanup plan Group urges action at cleanPDXharbor.org

    Rose Longoria of Yakama Nation speakingPortland, OR— A coalition of diverse community groups held a press conference Friday to condemn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The plan, proposed on June 8th, would leave 92 percent of the 11-mile stretch of the Willamette River toxic to people and wildlife indefinitely.

    Legal Dispute Filed and Comment Period Extended

    As reported by OPB:

    Chevron, Gunderson, NW Natural, Union Pacific Railroad, Evraz Inc., Arkema and TOC Holdings Co. filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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