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DEQ has been overseeing environmental investigations in Scappoose Bay and the lower Multnomah Channel for over 15 years. DEQ has identified significant levels of hazardous substances at three former industrial sites: the Armstrong World Industries fiberboard plant, Pope & Talbot creosote treating facility and Boise Cascade paper mill. More information on each of these sites is provided below.
The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory regarding the amount of fish, shellfish and crayfish in Scappoose Bay and the lower Multnomah Channel that people can safely consume. OHA issues advisories when fish or shellfish tissue data verify that the levels of contaminants are above Oregon's health-based screening values.
Read the fact sheet about the ongoing cleanup work in Scappoose Bay and the lower Multnomah Channel. Information about the status of cleanup work at each property is provided below along with a link to the property.
Visit the DEQ Storymap to learn more about cleanup work in Scappoose Bay.
History: The 175-acre property was used to manufacture a variety of wood fiber and mineral fiber building products from 1929 until the plant closed in May 2018.
Current Status: DEQ is currently planning an Interim Removal Action Measure to excavate and restore the most highly contaminated areas of the site by 2028.
Read more on DEQ's Environmental Cleanup Site Information database page
History: The site was used for wood treating from 1912 to 1960. The Port purchased the property in 1963. The Port removed the remaining structures and filled much of the site with dredge sands between 1963 and 1973.
Current Status: The remedial investigation at the site is complete. The feasibility study evaluated a range of remedial action alternatives and was finalized in October 2022. DEQ completed the proposed plan to clean up the site in May 2023 and held a 60-day public comment period. DEQ issued the Record of Decision documenting the cleanup plan for the site on Sept. 1, 2023.
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