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Portland Harbor Superfund Site Community Resources

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General questions:

  • Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov), Community Involvement, 206-553-1838

Technical questions:

  • Sean Sheldrake (sheldrake.sean@epa.gov), Project Manager, 206-553-1220
  • Eva DeMaria (demaria.eva@epa.gov), Project Manager (Source Control), 206-553-1970
Fact Sheets and Key Information to Review

Community Resources for the Record of Decision (ROD):

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. 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

  • 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, Meetings, and Public Events Attended by EPA

For upcoming events, please see our Portland Harbor home page.

Below is a list of past events in 2016 and 2017:

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Multnomah County Central Library (US Bank Room); EPA Community Information Session on the Portland Harbor Draft Sampling Plan. EPA presented an update on the draft sampling plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Technical advisor presentation at the Portland Harbor CAG General Meeting. The technical advisor (requested by the Portland Harbor CAG) presented their review of the Record of Decision (ROD) for how community comments and concerns were incorporated into the Portland Harbor ROD. The technical advisor’s report is now available on the Portland Harbor CAG’s website Exit EPA disclaimer
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Live webinar; EPA Online Community Information Session on the Portland Harbor Record of Decision.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Children’s Water Festival at the University of Portland; EPA presentations and interactive learning activities for fourth graders on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site as well as emergency response and removal work.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 Leaven Community Center in NE Portland; EPA Community Information Session on the Portland Harbor Record of Decision. Spanish interpretation was available.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Meeting at the BES Water Pollution Control Lab; EPA Community Information Session on the Portland Harbor Record of Decision. Spanish interpretation was available.
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 City of Portland Building; EPA Community Information Session on the Portland Harbor Record of Decision. Spanish interpretation was available.
  • 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 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 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 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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