Lead cleanup underway for Johns Landing homes

A map shows five properties near the site of a former smelter in Southwest Portland’s Johns Landing neighborhood that are undergoing lead cleanup. September 2013. (EPA)
A map shows five properties near the site of a former smelter in Southwest Portland’s Johns Landing neighborhood that are undergoing lead cleanup. September 2013. (EPA)

(KOIN) — Five homes located near the site of a former smelter in Southwest Portland’s Johns Landing neighborhood are undergoing lead cleanup.

The Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday that the homes are on a ½ acre plot in the 200 block of Southwest Flower Street. They are next door to where the Multnomah Metals Company operated a lead smelting facility from the early 1920s through to the mid-1960s. According to the EPA, the smelter was a foundry that melted and recycled lead, solder and scrap metal. The property was rezoned into residential housing in 1974, and the smelting facility was demolished a year later.

The EPA and its contractors will be removing lead-contaminated soil from the homes’ yards. The project is expected to take three weeks.

In November of 2012, the EPA conducted a similar cleanup effort at two homes that are located at 236 Flower St., on the same property where the smelter once sat. The cleanup came after testing revealed dangerous lead levels in the soil.

Faris Tanyos

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