Superfund expert says natural recovery won't work to clean up Portland Harbor

As reported in the Portland Tribune by Bianca Pahl:

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group held a public forum Tuesday night at Hariet Tubman Middle School to provide a better understanding for the community about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund plan to decontaminate certain areas of the Willamette River.

Presentation from Dr. Peter deFur, Environmental Stewardship Concepts

Dr. Peter deFur, technical consultant providing review of the Superfund Proposed Plan for the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, at a public forum on Tuesday, June 21st, presented what he sees as issues for the community to pay particular attention to, in our review and for comments to the EPA. Attached is the PowerPoint presentation from Dr. deFur.

Issues of concern in the initial ESC analysis of FS and Proposed Plan, including elements from the 2015 Proposed Plan. 6-21-2016

A sewer runs through it: The Willamette River in the 21st century

Article by Stephen Quirke published in Street Roots:

The Willamette waterfront is many things to many people – a place to sleep, a food source, a wildlife habitat, a place to swim and for others, a place to dump industrial waste.

An Oregonian report from 1906 called the river a “common sewer for the entire valley,” and after a state official reported typhoid germs in the river that year, the Oregonian suggested that readers should “cultivate the gentle art of keeping their mouths closed while in the water.” In 1885, the city of Portland formed a committee to find water less polluted by sewers and pulp and paper mills, and by 1895 the first water from Bull Run was flowing into the city.

City agreement will keep the Swan Island boat ramp in service

News Release
June 8, 2016
For more information:
Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328,
Mark Ross, Parks & Recreation, 503-823-5300,

The Portland City Council today passed the first reading of an agreement to ensure that the city-owned Swan Island boat ramp continues providing service to recreational boaters. The agreement transfers ownership of the boat ramp from the Bureau of Environmental Services to Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R).

EPA releases proposed plan for Portland Harbor

The US EPA Released the following statement, with the Proposed Plan for Cleanup of the Portland Harbor:

Proposed EPA Cleanup Plan will make Portland Harbor safer and healthier for all

PUBLIC FORUM - The EPA Proposed Plan Explained June 21, 2016

Willamette Superfund milestone and event:
On June 8, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its Proposed Plan to clean up the 12 miles of the Willamette River followed by 60-day Public Comment Period that will be the main opportunity for public involvement in the entire process.


Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PHCAG) is hosting a
PUBLIC FORUM - The EPA Proposed Plan Explained
June 21, 2016, 7pm to 9pm
Harriet Tubman School, 2231 N. Flint (near Emanuel Hospital)

Proposed Plan to be Released June 8th

Noticed from the EPA 5/27:

"The EPA will publicly release the Portland Harbor Feasibility Study and Proposed Plan on Wednesday, June 8. A media availability will be held that day, featuring Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran and Regional Superfund Remedial Cleanup Program Manager, Cami Grandinetti, at EPA’s Portland office (805 SW Broadway, Suite 500, Portland OR 97205). A photo/video availability will follow at a downtown riverside location. More details on the availability will follow on Monday, June 6. The public comment period will officially begin on Thursday, June 9 and end on Monday, August 8. We look forward to speaking with you on June 8th."

EPA will also be announcing a schedule of public hearings to be held during the Public Comment Period.

Various community groups will be hosting forums about the Proposed Plan to encourage participation, and to encourage members of the public to provide their comments to EPA.

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) has a forum scheduled for June 21st, 7pm, at the Harriet Tubman Middle School, at which Peter deFur, technical adviser for the CAG will provide a report on his review of the Proposed Plan.

Reported elsewhere:

Our river. Your pollution, by Allan Classen

Editorial published in the Northwest Examiner, May 2016:

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