At the request of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, an independent technical advisor has conducted a review of the ROD as to it's responsiveness to concerns that were raised in community comments submitted to EPA.
That review is attached here.
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
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.
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.
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:
These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve. And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.
These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve.
And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.
The Portland City Attorney has submitted an item for Council approval to support a lawsuit against Monsanto to recover costs expended in the Superfund Cleanup of the Willamette River caused by PCBs. See http://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/568795
Authorize the City Attorney to take legal action against Monsanto Company and its
successor entities to recover public funds that have been and will be expended by the City
as a result of the manufacture and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs
As published in the Portland Tribune
October 27, 2015
by Travis Williams
Citizens must be vigilant to ensure Willamette River contaminants are removed correctly
Over many decades, a stretch of the Willamette River from the Fremont Bridge to near the Columbia River has been heavily polluted. Mixed into the river sediments over the years, contaminants such as PCBs, heavy metals, oil-based pollutants, and even the breakdown products of DDT are found in this area.
An interesting story in the Portland Tribune about the war time history of ship building in the Portland area. See http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=124406121209594300
Jenkins, S, N Raghuraman, I Eltoum, M Carpenter, J Russo and C Lamartiniere. 2009. Oral exposure to bisphenol A increases dimethylbenzanthracene- induced mammary cancer in rats. Environmental Health Perspectives doi:10.1289/ehp.11751.