Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, Portland Harbor, Willamette River etc.

Acronyms/Abbreviations/Jargon (8)

Definitions of commonly used acronyms, abbreviations and jargon relating to the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Region 10 refers to the geographic area covered by the Seattle regional office of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Pacific Northwest. Region 10 includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and 271 native tribes within this area. See http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-10-pacific-northwest

NRDA stands for Natural Resource Damage Assessment. It's a separate but concurrent process with the superfund clean up overseen by the Portland Harbor Trustee council.

The restoration (minimum of 50% within the superfund site) is in response to damage to the lower Willamette River due to pollution.

RCRA = Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  - Federal law that regulates hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

CERCLA = Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act - Commonly known as Superfund.  This is the law which controls the site cleanup process.

FS = Feasiblity Study - The study of alternatives for cleaning up pollutants identified in the Remedial Investigation.

RM = River Mile.  On the Willamette this is the distance up river from the confluence with the Columbia River.

RI = Remedial Investigation - The study of the current state of the Portland Harbor identifying the nature and extent of pollutants as well as physical characteristics of the river and the Ecological and Human Health Risks.

CAG is short for Community Advisory Group, which refers to the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group.  See the About page.

General Questions (3)

Questions that don't fit one of the more specific categories.

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site study area is the Willamette River between Sauvies Island (River Mile 1.9) and the Broadway Bridge (River Mile 11.8).

The Lower Willamette Group (LWG) is composed of the ten parties who signed a legal agreement with EPA to conduct the remedial investigation and feasibility study of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and four other parties who have contributed financially to teh project.  The LWG is a small subset of potentially responsible parties identified by EPA.
The LWG has paid the costs of the Remedial Investigation and is conducting the development of the Feasibility Study.
Members of the LWG are:

  1. Arkema Inc.
  2. Bayer CropScience, Inc.
  3. BNSF Railway Company
  4. Chevron USA Inc.
  5. City of Portland
  6. ConocoPhillips Company
  7. Gunderson LLC
  8. Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals
  9. NW Natural
  10. Evraz Inc. NA, dba Evraz Oregon Steel
  11. Port of Portland
  12. Siltronic Coproration
  13. TOC Holdings Co.
  14. Union Pacific Railroad Company

CAG is short for Community Advisory Group, which refers to the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group.  See the About page.

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (1)

Questions about the Community Advisory Group.

CAG is short for Community Advisory Group, which refers to the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group.  See the About page.

Portland Harbor Superfund (2)

Questions about the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site study area is the Willamette River between Sauvies Island (River Mile 1.9) and the Broadway Bridge (River Mile 11.8).

The Lower Willamette Group (LWG) is composed of the ten parties who signed a legal agreement with EPA to conduct the remedial investigation and feasibility study of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and four other parties who have contributed financially to teh project.  The LWG is a small subset of potentially responsible parties identified by EPA.
The LWG has paid the costs of the Remedial Investigation and is conducting the development of the Feasibility Study.
Members of the LWG are:

  1. Arkema Inc.
  2. Bayer CropScience, Inc.
  3. BNSF Railway Company
  4. Chevron USA Inc.
  5. City of Portland
  6. ConocoPhillips Company
  7. Gunderson LLC
  8. Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals
  9. NW Natural
  10. Evraz Inc. NA, dba Evraz Oregon Steel
  11. Port of Portland
  12. Siltronic Coproration
  13. TOC Holdings Co.
  14. Union Pacific Railroad Company