EPA releases plan for Portland Superfund site

The cleanup plan has been 16 years in the making

An aerial view of the Portland Superfund site, June 8, 2016 (KOIN)
An aerial view of the Portland Superfund site, June 8, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for cleaning up the Portland Superfund site along the lower Willamette River.

The plan calls for dredging the river bottom and capping contaminated material along a few hundred acres of the 2,200 acre site.

The agency plans to do the majority of the clean-up with monitored natural recovery, which basically means letting mother nature do the repairs with some assistance from workers.

4 public meetings will be held to discuss the plan, along with a 60 day comment period.

A map of the Super fund site (EPA)
A map of the Super fund site (EPA)
  • June 24, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, City of Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • June 29, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, EXPO Center, 2060 N Marine Dr.
  • July 11, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St.
  • July 20, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, Ambridge Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Those who are unable to attend a meeting, comments can be submitted via mail to Harbor Comments, US EPA, 805 SW Broadway St. Suite 500, Portland, OR 97205 or via email to harborcomments@epa.gov.

A final cleanup plan will be submitted in December.

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