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Portland Harbor Superfund Site Community Resources

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General questions:

  • Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov), Community Involvement, 503-326-3280

Technical questions:

  • Kristine Koch (koch.kristine@epa.gov), Project Manager (Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study), 206-553-6705
  • Sean Sheldrake (sheldrake.sean@epa.gov), Project Manager (Early Actions), 206-553-1220
  • Anne Christopher (christopher.anne@epa.gov), Project Manager, 503-326-6554
  • Eva DeMaria (demaria.eva@epa.gov), Project Manager (Source Control), 206-553-1970
Fact Sheets and Key Information to Review

Community Resources for the Proposed Plan:

Other Useful Information:

Additional fact sheets about "early action" cleanup areas for Portland Harbor can be found at:
Arkema | Gasco-Siltronic | Terminal 4 | Triangle Park | U.S. Moorings

Where to Review Documents

Many documents are available online in the Administrative Record (AR) and other document collections. Site documents are also available at the following locations:

  • Multnomah County Central Library Exit EPA disclaimer
    801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

  • St. Johns Library Exit EPA disclaimer
    7510 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203

  • Kenton Library Exit EPA disclaimer
    8226 N Denver Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

  • Historic Kenton Firehouse Exit EPA disclaimer
    8105 N. Brandon Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

  • EPA Region 10 Oregon Operations Office
    805 SW Broadway St., Suite 500
    Portland, Oregon 97205
    503-326-3250 (please call for an appointment)

  • EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center
    1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, ECL-076
    Seattle, WA 98101
    206-553-4494 (please call for an appointment)
Past EPA-Hosted Community Information Sessions, Proposed Plan Meetings, and Public Events Attended by EPA

For upcoming events, see our Portland Harbor home page.

Although community involvement has been ongoing, EPA offered a series of community information sessions and attended public events in 2016 from January to March in order to enhance engagement with community members and accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide background on Portland Harbor.
  • Discuss why the cleanup matters to you and the community.
  • Explain why your input is very important and how you can be engaged.

Additionally, during the official public comment period for the Proposed Cleanup Plan, EPA provided four public meetings in June & July. At these public meetings, EPA presented and discussed the preferred cleanup alternative described in the Proposed Plan and accepted oral and written comments on the Proposed Plan.

Below is a list of past events in 2016:

  • Wednesday, July 20, Ambridge Center; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Spanish, Russian and Arabic interpretation were available during the 6pm session only.
  • Monday, July 11, University Place Conference Center; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Wednesday, June 29, Portland Expo Center; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Friday, June 24, City of Portland Building; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese interpretation were available.
  • Saturday, March 26, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry; EPA open house and information/discussion session with Spanish & Russian interpretation and graphic facilitator Martha Bean. See the graphic illustration of the community discussion on submitting effective comments. Also see the other illustration from the July community cafe.
  • Wednesday, March 23, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization; EPA Open house and information/discussion session with Spanish & Russian interpretation.
  • Thursday, March 17, Gray’s Landing-Community Room; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
  • Monday, March 7, North Portland Neighborhood Chairs Meeting; EPA informational presentation and group discussion.
  • Tuesday, March 8, Children’s Water Festival at the University of Portland; EPA presentations and interactive learning activities for youth.
  • Thursday, March 3, Live webinar; EPA online informational presentation and discussion session.
  • Monday, February 29, Portland Community College, Rock Creek; EPA informational presentation and group discussion.
  • Tuesday, February 23, Linnton Community Center; Public forum hosted by the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, EPA informational presentation and discussion.
  • Thursday, February 18, Woodrow Wilson High School Cafeteria; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
  • Thursday, February 11, Matt Dishman Community Center; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
  • Wednesday, February 9, League of Women Voters Public Forum; EPA presentation and question/answer session.
  • Thursday, February 8, Audubon Society; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
  • Thursday, February 4, Portland City Building Auditorium; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
  • Sunday, January 31 Earth Care Summit at the University of Portland; EPA information booth and discussion.
  • Wednesday, January 27, North East Coalition of Neighborhoods - Land Use Transportation Committee; EPA informational presentation and discussion.
  • Thursday, January 28, Native American Youth Association (Youth Activity); EPA presentation and interactive learning activities for youth.
  • Tuesday, January 26, St. Johns Community Center; Public forum hosted by the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, EPA informational presentation and discussion.
  • Tuesday, January 12, Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association Meeting; EPA informational presentation and discussion.
Community Advisory Group (CAG)

A Superfund Community Advisory Group is made up of members of the community and serves as the focal point for the exchange of information between the community and EPA, state regulatory agencies, and other federal agencies involved in cleanup.

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Exit EPA disclaimer is EPA's designated CAG for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Monthly CAG meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Contact 503-285-4805 for more information.

Who pays for the investigation and cleanup?

EPA's policy is to have the responsible parties pay for cleaning up pollution they created. Responsible parties can be past or present company owners, or land owners that EPA determines played a role in the contamination of the Portland Harbor. Under Superfund law, EPA may negotiate with the responsible parties to get them to pay for the plans and work necessary to clean up the site. If an agreement cannot be reached, EPA may take legal action to force them to clean up the site under EPA supervision. We may also use money from the Superfund Trust Fund to pay for cleanup costs, then attempt to get the money back through future legal action.

Lower Willamette Group

The Lower Willamette Group Exit EPA disclaimer is a coalition of responsible parties comprised of businesses and public agencies that came forward to participate in the investigation of the Portland Harbor site. The members of the Lower Willamette Group and EPA have a legal agreement called an Administrative Order on Consent, and a Statement of Work which outline (1) how a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study will be prepared, (2) who will perform the work, and (3) how EPA will recover costs incurred by EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

General Notice Letters - Superfund "General Notice Letters" inform recipients that they are identified as a Potentially Responsible Party and may be liable for cleanup costs at the site.

Information Collection Requests - We're continuing to send Superfund Information Collection Requests (also called "CERCLA 104e letters") to current and former property owners near the site to help us learn more about known or suspected releases of contamination.


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