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DHS news release

Meeting notice

April 26, 2004

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180
Technical contact: Amanda Guay (503) 731-4025

Harbor Oil public health information meeting set for May 6


Health officials from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a public meeting and availability session on Thursday May 6 in North Portland to share health information with Harbor Oil workers and interested community members.

EPA added Harbor Oil to its list of Superfund sites in September 2003.

The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St. in Portland.

DHS will present results and recommendations of a public health assessment of the Harbor Oil site. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with a DHS toxicologist and health educator about their health concerns related to the site.

Harbor Oil, located at 11535 N. Force Ave. in Portland, was formerly used for waste oil processing and as a tank truck cleaning facility. It is currently operating as a waste oil reprocessing facility. This site is adjacent to Force Lake.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has documented several hazardous substances at the site, with contaminated soil identified as the primary source of exposure.

A community meeting will follow the DHS availability session, during which information about investigation and cleanup of the Harbor Oil site will be presented. There will also be discussion about forming a community advisory group.