The City of Portland has a unique role in Portland Harbor. The city is a steward and regulator of this important community resource, and may be asked to contribute to the cost of the cleanup.
The city got involved early in the process to ensure that the interests of Portlanders were represented in the initial investigation and data collection phase of this complex process. The Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Environmental Services to be the lead agency representing the city in the Portland Harbor cleanup.
The city is working with regulators, other Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) and interested parties to advocate for a path forward that cleans up Portland Harbor while protecting and balancing the interests of Portlanders. Cleanup decisions must be cost-effective and based on sound science that result in protection of human health and the environment. The cleanup must also take into account the economic importance of a working harbor.