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Portland Ready To Move Forward On Harbor Cleanup Plan

March 28, 2012 | OPB
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Rob Manning


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Portland officials who oversee the city’s contaminated harbor said Wednesday they’re ready to submit a clean-up plan to the federal government.

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the Portland Harbor as a Superfund site in 2000. The city has studied and talked about the site for 12 years, with harbor neighbors as part of the Lower Willamette Group.

Now, what’s called a “draft feasibility study” is headed to the feds on Friday. City Environmental Services’ director, Dean Marriott, says the plan suggests several clean-up approaches.

Marriott explained, “Including dredging, also capping in place to protect from any migration or exposure, a_s well as monitored natural recovery, and the possibility of hybrid recommendations, based on those.”

Officials say the EPA will use the city’s study to develop its own proposal, which it will share in public meetings once it’s done, some months from now.

A separate process is also underway to divvy up potential costs of the clean-up.

Portland Harbor Superfund Site map

Map shows areas of concern at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

(Originally reported at OPB News.)

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