EPA issues Portland Harbor Record of Decision
On Jan. 6, 2017, EPA released the Record of Decision for Portland Harbor.
State concurrence with EPA's Record of Decision for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site
The state of Oregon issued a letter concurring with EPA's selected remedy for Portland Harbor.
State comments on EPA's proposed plan for Portland Harbor
On June 8, 2016, EPA released their Proposed Plan and Feasibility Study for Portland Harbor for a 90-day public comment period. The State of Oregon, including the governor's office, DEQ, and other state agencies, reviewed EPA's Proposed Plan and submitted comments to EPA on September 6, 2016.
Portland Harbor Upland Source Control Summary Report
On March 25, 2016, DEQ submitted an updated Portland Harbor Upland Source Control Summary Report to the US Environmental Protection Agency and partners. The report, first published Nov. 21, 2014, now includes updated status of cleanup work at 171 sites in support of EPA's Proposed Plan for remediation of Portland Harbor sediment, anticipated in early April 2016. DEQ's update report concludes that current and planned cleanup of properties surrounding the Portland Harbor Superfund Site will be sufficient for EPA to effectively implement the in-water remedy without delay.
Watch the Portland Harbor Source Control video to learn about Portland Harbor and progress made to ensure that once the Willamette River cleanup begins, the river will not be re-contaminated. See what’s been done to control contaminants along both sides of the river.
Portland Harbor Source Control
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Portland Harbor is a heavily industrialized stretch of the Lower Willamette River north of downtown Portland, from Sauvie Island south to the Broadway Bridge. EPA listed Portland Harbor on the National Priorities List, known as Superfund, in December 2000. Sediments in the river are contaminated with various toxic compounds, including metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (known as PCBs), chlorinated pesticides and dioxin. Levels of these pollutants in the river appear to be highest near contaminated sites on the shore, known as upland sites.
EPA, DEQ and other agencies, tribal governments, community groups and companies are working to investigate and clean up contamination in Portland Harbor. EPA is the lead agency responsible for investigating and cleaning up contaminated sediments in the river itself. DEQ is the lead agency for investigating and cleaning up contamination on upland sites, working with individual property owners. Both EPA and DEQ coordinate with six Tribal governments and other natural resource trustees. The Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council is designated by law to act on behalf of the public or Tribes to protect and manage natural resources.
Documents and supporting information
- Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
The community plays an important role in cleaning up Portland Harbor. The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group works to engage community members in the cleanup process and provides input to EPA and DEQ about community concerns and interests. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of Portland Water Pollution Control Laboratory, located at 6543 N Burlington Avenue in Portland, Oregon 97203.
- Administrative Order on Consent
In September 2001, EPA signed an Administrative Order on Consent that required completion of a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for Portland Harbor. The order was signed between EPA and a group of ten Portland Harbor property owners known as the Lower Willamette Group, which includes businesses along the Willamette River, the Port of Portland and the City of Portland. Attached to the order is a detailed Statement of Work for the remedial investigation and feasibility study.
- Memorandum of Understanding
In February 2001, EPA, DEQ and the Trustees (Tribal governments and natural resource agencies) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines roles and responsibilities of the agencies and partners in the Superfund cleanup process.
- EPA Portland Harbor
EPA’s Portland Harbor website provides background information on the in-water portion of the cleanup project.
- Public health information
The Oregon Health Authority Environmental Health Assessment Program provides health information related to Portland Harbor. The agency has issued a fish advisory for Portland Harbor.
- Portland Harbor Fish Advisory
In June 2004, the Oregon Health Authority issued a fish advisory related to high PCB levels found in fish caught from the Willamette River in Portland Harbor. This presentation provides more information.