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*New!* June 10 Public Forum Materials & Recording Now Available! Thank you to everyone who attended EPA's Virtual June 10, 2020 Portland Harbor Quarterly Public Forum (with support from DEQ and the CAG). A recording of the Public Forum and all materials from this event are now available in the 'Public Participation Opportunities' section.

EPA recently issued an errata (a correction report) to correct errors in Table 17 of the January 2017 Portland Harbor Record of Decision (ROD). This is the second errata to update the ROD, following the previous errata in April 2018. The errors and omissions corrected by this second errata are not considered to be significant. Several contaminants and their cleanup levels that were included in the 2016 Remedial Investigation Report and Feasibility Study and the 2013 Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment, were inadvertently omitted from Table 17, or the values were transcribed incorrectly. The revised carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAH) sediment cleanup levels in the 2019 Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) have also been added to the corrected Table 17.

In March 2020 EPA issued two Unilateral Administrative Orders to initiate remedial design at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site to Evraz, Inc. to address contamination adjacent to its Rivergate plant on the east side of the Willamette River and to Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and MMGL, LLC to address contamination at the International Slip on the east side of the Willamette River.

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Public Participation Opportunities

*New!* June 10 Public Forum Recording & Materials Posted! EPA hosted (with DEQ and CAG support) the June 10, 2020 quarterly Public Forum as an online-only event again. A webinar recording and other materials from this event are available below:

Final June 10, 2020 Portland Harbor Public Forum Meeting Summary

 


PREVIOUS EVENTS & MATERIALS

Past Quarterly Public Forums

March 11, 2020 Virtual EPA Public Forum (with DEQ & CAG support):  EPA hosted (with DEQ and CAG support) the March 11, 2020 quarterly Public Forum as an online-only event. A concise meeting summary, webinar recording, and other materials from this event are available below:

December 11, 2019 EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ & CAG support): 

September 11, 2019 EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ & CAG support):

June 12, 2019 EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ & CAG support):

April 17, 2019 EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with support from DEQ & the CAG):

December 12, 2018 EPA Public Forum and Open House (with support from DEQ & the CAG): September 12, 2018 EPA Public Forum and Open House (with support from DEQ & the CAG):

June 13, 2018 First EPA Public Forum (with support from DEQ & CAG):  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.

Other Previous Events

August 7, 2019 EPA Superfund Job Training Initiative Webinar Follow-Up: EPA hosted a webinar that provided an overview of EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) which is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by Superfund Sites. The slide deck from this webinar and the Exit webinar recording are now available.

November 20, 2018 In-Person EPA Community Information Session on the Proposed Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD)

November 1, 2018 EPA Community Information Webinar on the Proposed ESD

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.

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 Community Advisory Group 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

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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).

  • Willamette River Advocacy Group's (WRAG) Technical Advisor Solicitation Now Closed! The WRAG (recipient of EPA's Technical Assistance Grant for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site) has closed the window for accepting proposals for the Technical Advisor position to work with community partners affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Proposals are currently being reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact wragpdx@gmail.com.

Portland Harbor Community Involvement Plan Update:  EPA is working on finalizing the updated Portland Harbor CIP based on feedback received during the informal public comment period from March 12 - May 11, 2020. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft document. EPA is currently planning on releasing the updated CIP by the end of July 2020.

  • What is a CIP? A CIP is a living document that includes a site-specific strategy to enable meaningful community involvement throughout the Superfund cleanup process. CIPs, which are required by the National Contingency Plan (NCP), specify EPA-planned community involvement activities and reflect community needs, concerns, and expectations that are identified through community interviews and other means.

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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)

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