EPA Suspends $125,500 Fine on Portland Harbor Companies


Companies expected to pay for a Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor have $125,500 less to worry about.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off from fining those companies for dragging their feet on reporting the risk people face by eating contaminated Willamette River fish.The EPA on Monday told the companies it is suspending the fines it began issuing last summer—on the condition ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

What the Muck?

The Portland Harbor is a toxic embarrassment. And there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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In any good monster movie, the initial terror comes from knowing there’s something awful out there—even though you don’t get a good look at it.  It lurks in the shadows or just bene   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 AARON MESH

Whiffs of Trouble

A fertilizer plant comes under criminal investigation after repeated ammonia leaks.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a criminal investigation into a large leak of ammonia from a Columbia County fertilizer plant in 2010 that went undetected for five days. Re   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Brewers Say "No" To Portland Water Treatment

A years-long battle with the feds [PDF] over Portland's drinking water crosses another threshold next week as City Council considers how it will respond to the totally sexy-sounding "Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule" from the Environmental Protection Agency. First, some background: Last year, the U.S. District Court of Appeals rejected a plea from Portland leaders to deem parts ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

EPA Denies Portland's Request For Open Reservoirs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied [PDF] the City of Portland's request for a variance that would have allowed the city to keep its open reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and Washington Park. The EPA has recommended instead that the City follow its own plans from last year to build new, enclosed storage facilities. The letter from the feds is stamped Dec. 16, 2009. The Water Bureau ...   More
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

If Something Smells Rotten in Northwest Portland ...

Mary Peveto calls herself an “accidental activist.” She had no plans to be an environmentalist until a year ago when she saw a USA Today article that used EPA data to map the industrial pollution near schools across the nation. The data placed the Northwest Portland school that Peveto's three children attend, Chapman Elementary, in the worst 2 percent in the country in terms of air ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Sarah Jacoby


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