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Public Forum: You are invited to attend the fourth quarterly Public Forum with EPA and Oregon DEQ on Wednesday, April 17 at Portland State University from 6:00-8:30 p.m. An agenda for this meeting, along with venue logistics and transportation options will be made available in early April. Information on how to RSVP is coming soon.

Proposed Changes to the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Plan:  EPA released a proposed Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for a 60-day public comment period which ended December 21, 2018. The proposed ESD is EPA’s plan to change some of the cleanup levels for a contaminant of concern (carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or cPAHs) in the selected remedy for the Superfund Site. For more information, see the 'Background' and 'Public Participation Opportunities' sections of this website. EPA also prepared fact sheet with a shorter summary of the proposed ESD.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Public Forum 

You are invited to attend the fourth quarterly Public Forum with EPA and Oregon DEQ on Wednesday, April 17 at Portland State University from 6:00-8:30 p.m. An agenda for this meeting, along with venue logistics and transportation options will be made available in early April. Information on how to RSVP is coming soon.

 

Public Comment on proposed Explanation of Significant Differences

EPA released a proposed Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for changes to the Portland Harbor Superfund site cleanup plan for a 60-day public comment period which ended December 21, 2018. This 60-day comment period included a 30-day extension that EPA granted.

EPA held two public information sessions on the proposed ESD on November 1 via webinar and on November 20 at an in-person forum. Information and materials from the information sessions is below.

  • Review the webinar slides and webinar recording from the proposed ESD community information webinar on November 1, 2018.
  • Review the presentation from the in-person EPA community information session on the proposed ESD on November 20, 2018.

The proposed ESD and related documents are listed below:

 

Portland Harbor Community Involvement Plan (CIP)

EPA is working to update the Portland Harbor Community Involvement Plan (CIP). We are continuing to conduct interviews and consolidate information for this CIP update. The CIP will describe how EPA will provide information and work with communities on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. We are planning to produce a final revised CIP in 2019, but a draft will be made available for public feedback first.

For more information, contact Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838).

Portland Harbor Public Forums 

EPA hosted the first quarterly Portland Harbor Public forum on June 13 at the Immigrant Refugee and Community Organization Community Center. The purpose of the Public Forum is for members of the public to meet with EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), with support from the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, on a quarterly basis (four times per year) to understand and review information and status updates from the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Some Potentially Responsible Parties are also present to share updates and answer questions.

For more information about the Public Forum and future meeting dates, please contact Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838).

Previous Events:

December 12, 2018 Public Forum and Open House:

Portland Harbor Superfund Site Updates Fact Sheet (December 2018)

Agenda for December 12 Public Forum (December 2018)

*Coming Soon!* Summary - EPA December 12 Portland Harbor Public Forum and Open House (December 2018)

December 12 EPA Public Forum Proposed Explanation of Significant Differences Presentation (December 2018)

River Mile 11 East Project Joint Fact Sheet (December 2018)

September 12, 2018 Public Forum and Open House:

Portland Harbor Superfund Site Updates Fact Sheet (September 2018)

Summary - EPA September 12 Portland Harbor Public Forum and Open House (September 2018)

June 13, 2018 Public Forum:

Overview of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site

Fish Advisory as an Institutional Control Update

(Site-wide Update) Baseline Sampling work with the pre-remedial design group

(Site-wide Update) Institutional Controls & Data Management Plan

(Specific Area Update) River Mile 11 East Group

River Mile 11 East Fact Sheet (June 2018)

(Specific Area Update) Gasco – NW Natural/Siltronic

(Specific Area Update) Terminal 4

January 10, 2018: EPA Community Information Session

EPA presented an overall update on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site that included an overview of the final site-wide baseline sampling plan that was recently signed with a Pre-Remedial Design group of responsible parties. The presentation also included a brief overview of early action area work and general community involvement updates.

EPA January 10th, 2018 Presentation on Updates for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (PDF) (29 pp, 3.21MB) - January 2018

EPA January 2018 Fact Sheet for Portland Harbor Superfund Site Updates (PDF) (4 pp, 368K) - January 2018

June 27, 2017: EPA Community Information Session

EPA presented an update on the draft sampling plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The draft sampling plan’s goals are to: initiate the remedial design process, move allocation efforts forward, obtain updated information on existing site-wide conditions to inform baseline and long-term monitoring, and get in-water cleanup started as soon as possible. The presentation included a brief overview of other sampling and monitoring efforts that will occur during the cleanup process.

May 10, 2017: Presentation at the Portland Harbor CAG General Meeting

Technical Advisor Report on How Community Comments and Concerns Were Incorporated into the Portland Harbor Record of Decision.

March 7 - 9 and March 14, 2017: Community Information Sessions and Webinar to present the details of the final remedy for the Record of Decision

Slides from EPA’s Presentation of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Record of Decision (21pp, 1.24MB)

Video: Community Information Webinar on the Portland Harbor Record of Decision (YouTube)

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Community Advisory Group

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Exit

Meeting Times: The Portland Harbor CAG meets the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and the location may vary. A message will be sent on the EPA Portland Harbor listserv to announce the meeting time and location in advance. Please contact Laura Knudsen at knudsen.laura@epa.gov if you would like to join EPA's Portland Harbor Superfund Site mailing list.

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Community Resources

Technical Assistance Grant Awarded! The EPA published a notice of availability for a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in the Portland Tribune and the St. Johns Review. A TAG provides money to community groups so they can hire independent advisers to interpret and explain technical aspects of site reports, decisions, and operations generated during a site cleanup. The TAG application process closed on May 10, 2018 and EPA evaluated the application from the Willamette River Advocacy Group (WRAG). EPA awarded the TAG to WRAG in October 2018. By law, EPA only awards one TAG per Superfund Site. For more information contact Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838).

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