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City wants to gauge public views on Superfund cleanup priorities


The city of Portland, with the help of Portland State University, is seeking to gauge Portlanders’ views on cleanup plans for the Willamette River Superfund site.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to finally release a proposed cleanup plan this spring on how best to address contamination in the river bottom for an 11-mile stretch of the river.

Cleanup options are expected to cost between $800 million and $2.5 billion. Proposed remedies could include capping contaminated spots of the river with rocks and other materials, treating or segregating contamination in the river or wholesale removal of contaminated sludge and transferring it to a hazardous waste disposal site.

The city Bureau of Environmental Services is working with PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs Program, which operates Oregon’s Kitchen Table, to conduct the public survey.

To participate, check out the survey at www.oregonskitchentable.org, or call Sarah Giles at 503-725-5248 and ask for a hard copy.

The survey is available in five languages.

The survey will be available starting March 7, and remain open until the end of March.

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