Steve Duin: Fishing for answers in the Portland harbor

by Steve Duin in The Oregonian

For as long as I can remember – heck, since Hillary Clinton last lived in the White House – the wrangling over the cleanup of the Portland harbor has been as infuriating and intractable as a rush-hour rendezvous with the Ross Island Bridge.
"The public is going to have 60 days to read this document and absorb it," Sallinger notes. "The Environmental Protection Agency and potential responsible parties have had 16 years to discuss and negotiate and haggle over the process."
Fishermen, kayakers, shipbuilders, ratepayers, provocateurs, gather round: At long last, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking what you want.

Will your comment, your questions, your passion count for anything?

A lot more than your silence will.

EPA, DEQ promise much, deliver little protection for river

Commentary by CAG member Barbara Quinn published in Street Roots:

Portland's Finally Going to Talk to Disadvantaged Folks About Their Filthy River

As reported in The Portland Mercury:

But it turns out this latest hiccup may also result in an unanticipated positive. After weeks of outcry from groups keeping tabs on the process, the City of Portland has agreed it should do more to educate the public about the cleanup and what's at stake—like potentially billions of dollars and decades of chemically tainted fish.

EPA: Proposed Plan to take 3 weeks longer to release

The EPA notified interested parties that it will take another 3 weeks to prepare the Proposed Plan for Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup.

"To meet legal obligations under Superfund, we must modify the timeline for delivering the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Proposed Plan. It is now clear that it will take about another three weeks to meet those requirements. As soon as we can, we will let you know the revised issue date, which we anticipate will be about three weeks later than planned.

Everyone's Waiting on Instructions for Cleaning Up the Willamette

Reported in the Portland Mercury:

"We want an aggressive cleanup that gets us toward levels that are considered safe for people and wildlife within a matter of years, rather than a matter of generations," says Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland. "Nobody expects every square inch of the river is going to be cleaned up, but the option they're considering is very weak."

EPA: After 16 Years, Get Ready To Comment On Portland Harbor Cleanup

OPB EarthFix Story by Cassandra Profita

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to release its proposed Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup plan early next month.

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Portland Becomes Seventh City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

Portland, Oregon is suing Monsanto over contaminating the city's waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a highly toxic group of chemicals that endangers human health and the environment.

Read the article here from truth-out and here from the Portland Tribune.

City of Portland to file Suite Against Monsanto for PCBs

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

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

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