- Laura Knudsen (email@example.com), Community Involvement, 206-553-1838
- Sean Sheldrake (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Manager, 206-553-1220
- Eva DeMaria (email@example.com), Project Manager (Source Control), 206-553-1970
Related Cleanup Areas:
Other Portland Harbor Resources
Fact Sheets and Key Information to Review
Community Resources for the Record of Decision (ROD):
- ROD Fact Sheet* (PDF) (2 pp, 600K) - January 2017
- ROD Community Summary* (PDF) (4 pp, 462K) - January 2017
- *Availability in other languages: Please note that EPA is translating the ROD Fact Sheet and Community Summary into Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Korean as soon as possible. The translated versions will be posted here when they are ready.
- Acronyms, Glossary and Contaminant Summary (PDF) (16 pp, 754K); En Espanol (PDF) (18 pp, 812K); In Russian (PDF) (19 pp, 846K); In Chinese (PDF) (14 pp, 713K); In Vietnamese (PDF) (17 pp, 669K)
Other Useful Information:
- Proposed Plan Fact Sheet (PDF) (4 pp, 1MB); En Espanol (PDF) (4 pp, 1.3MB); In Russian (PDF) (4 pp, 1.1MB); In Chinese (PDF) (4 pp, 1MB); In Vietnamese (PDF) (4 pp, 1.2MB)
- Step-by-step tips for writing effective public comments prepared by the Environmental Law Institute.
- Video of EPA's Presentation of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Proposed Plan (YouTube video, 26 minutes, 32 seconds)
- Slides from EPA's Presentation of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Proposed Plan (PDF) (24 pp, 3.5MB)
- Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (37 pp, 2MB) - June 2016
- Community Information Card (PDF) (2 pp, 750K) | En Espanol (PDF) (2 pp, 730K) | In Russian (PDF) (2 pp, 655K) | In Chinese (PDF) (2 pp, 844K) | In Vietnamese (PDF) (2 pp, 800K) - 2015 updates
- Technology Overview Videos:
- Human Health Risk Assessment Summary (PDF) (4 pp, 775K) - August 2013
- Proposed Confined Disposal Facility Questions and Answers (PDF) (19 pp, 100K) - January 13, 2013
- Feasibility Study and Sitewide Update (PDF) (4 pp, 600K) - April 2012
- Portland Harbor Sitewide Update (PDF) (3 pp, 99K) - July 2009
- Human Health Risk Assessment Overview (PDF) (2 pp, 28K) - February 2009
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. Documents are also available at the following locations:
- Multnomah County Central Library
801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
- St. Johns Library
7510 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203
- Kenton Library
8226 N Denver 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, including the March 2017 ROD community information sessions, 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, 2016 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, 2016 University Place Conference Center; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Portland Expo Center; EPA public meeting on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
- Friday, June 24, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization; EPA Open house and information/discussion session with Spanish & Russian interpretation.
- Thursday, March 17, 2016 Gray’s Landing-Community Room; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
- Monday, March 7, 2016 North Portland Neighborhood Chairs Meeting; EPA informational presentation and group discussion.
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Children’s Water Festival at the University of Portland; EPA presentations and interactive learning activities for youth.
- Thursday, March 3, 2016 Live webinar; EPA online informational presentation and discussion session.
- Monday, February 29, 2016 Portland Community College, Rock Creek; EPA informational presentation and group discussion.
- Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Linnton Community Center; Public forum hosted by the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, EPA informational presentation and discussion.
- Thursday, February 18, 2016 Woodrow Wilson High School Cafeteria; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
- Thursday, February 11, 2016 Matt Dishman Community Center; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
- Wednesday, February 9, 2016 League of Women Voters Public Forum; EPA presentation and question/answer session.
- Thursday, February 8, 2016 Audubon Society; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
- Thursday, February 4, 2016 Portland City Building Auditorium; EPA open house and information/discussion session.
- Sunday, January 31, 2016 Earth Care Summit at the University of Portland; EPA information booth and discussion.
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016 North East Coalition of Neighborhoods - Land Use Transportation Committee; EPA informational presentation and discussion.
- Thursday, January 28, 2016 Native American Youth Association (Youth Activity); EPA presentation and interactive learning activities for youth.
- Tuesday, January 26, 2016 St. Johns Community Center; Public forum hosted by the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, EPA informational presentation and discussion.
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016 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 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 971-303-9742 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 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.