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Announcements and Key Topics
April 17, 2019 Public Forum: Thank you to everyone who participated in the fourth quarterly Public Forum with EPA and Oregon DEQ on April 17 at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union.
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. While EPA is still reviewing all public comments that were submitted, all of these public comments are now posted online. You may also view an index of all commenter files so you may see which commenter files correspond with specific entities. For more information, see the 'Background' and 'Public Participation Opportunities' sections of this website. EPA also prepared a fact sheet with a shorter summary of the proposed ESD.
Public Participation Opportunities
The fourth quarterly Public Forum with EPA and Oregon DEQ took place on April 17 at Portland State University from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Portland Harbor Superfund Site Updates Fact Sheet (1 pp, 346KB) - April 2019
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. All public comments that were received on the proposed ESD are now available. Also, you may access an index of the commenter files so you may see which commenter files correspond with specific entities.
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:
- Proposed Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (401 pp, 25MB) - October 2018
- To view a hard copy of the Proposed ESD, please visit the Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Avenue - please check library hours), the St. Johns Library (7510 N. Charleston Avenue - please check library hours), the Kenton Library (8226 N. Denver Avenue - please check library hours), or the EPA Region 10 Oregon Operations Office (805 SW Broadway, Suite 500 - please call 503-326-3250 to schedule a viewing appointment).
- Fact Sheet on EPA's Proposed Explanation of Significant Differences for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (4 pp, 1.26MB) - October 2018
- The Administrative Record for the Proposed Explanation of Significant Differences, a collection of documents that informed EPA’s proposed ESD
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 (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-553-1838).
December 12, 2018 Public Forum and Open House:
*Coming Soon!* Summary - EPA December 12 Portland Harbor Public Forum and Open House (December 2018)
- Cleanup Technologies Site-Wide Proposed ESD Map
- Cleanup Technologies Site-Wide Selected Remedy (ROD) Map
September 12, 2018 Public Forum and Open House:
June 13, 2018 Public Forum:
(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
(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
Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Pre-Remedial Design Investigation and Baseline Sampling (225 pp, 8MB) - December 2017
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
Community Advisory Group
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 email@example.com if you would like to join EPA's Portland Harbor Superfund Site mailing list.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-553-1838).
Site News Archive
EPA Braces For Potential Litigation Over Massive Portland Harbor Cleanup (Inside EPA, March 11, 2019)
Advocacy Group Opposes Proposed Weakening of Willamette River Superfund Site Cleanup Plan (Willamette Week, February 22, 2019)Environmentalists Challenge EPA Plan To Ease Cleanup At Portland Site (Inside EPA, January 30, 2019)
EPA Proposes Reducing Cleanup Plans At Portland Harbor Superfund Site (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oct. 22, 2018)
Polluters of Portland Superfund must get going on cleanup, EPA says (The Oregonian, August 17, 2018)
Portland’s Toxic Harbor Cleanup Enters The Who-Pays-For-What Phase (OPB/EarthFix, May 3, 2018)With EPA agreement, Port sees Superfund cleanup progress (Portland Business Journal, January 11, 2018)
What's next for the Portland Harbor Superfund site (Oregon Business Journal, August 16, 2018)
Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Portland Harbor Cleanup After EPA Meeting (Oregon Public Broadcasting, December 14, 2017)