Environmental Protection Agency releases Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan



Environmental Protection Agency releases Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan

On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed $758 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund, kicking off a 60 day public comment period.
On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed $758 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund, kicking off a 60 day public comment period. A 10 mile stretch of the Willamette River in the Portland Harbor was first listed as a Superfund site by the EPA in 2000. The site is contaminated from multiple sources and has occurred from more than 100 years of historical and current activities. More than 150 Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) – both public and private – have been identified as potential contributors to the contamination who are subject to contributing to cleanup costs. The Alliance is leading an effort to generate comments to the EPA asking the agency to clean up the river and take the economy and ability to pay into account by ensuring costs are proportional to environment and public health benefits. Alliance members are encourages to leave a comment at www.rivercleanupnow.com.