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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

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Blumenauer takes city’s side in reservoir dispute

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer o fOregon favors giving Portland more time to shut down the city's open-air reservoirs on Mount Tabor and at WashingtonPark.U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Blumenauer’s District 3 includes portions of Portland. He served on the Portland City Council from 1987-96.

Blumenauer released a letter Thursday offering support for a plan proposed earlier this week by City Commissioner Steve Novick, according to an Oregonian article by Brad Schmidt.

Novick has asked the Oregon Health Authority to give Portland until 2024 to comply with federal regulations for the reservoirs, with the hope that a four-year delay from the current 2020 requirements could buy Portland enough time to avoid the costly projects altogether.

In his letter to the state, Blumenauer pointed to regulators in New York, who granted the city of Rochesteran extension, according to the article.

In his letter, Blumenauer wrote: “The OHA should recognize tha tPortlandshares and has arguably stronger economic challenges than those cited by Rochester, and merits the same consideration and reprieve as a consistent and equitable application of federal law.

“Should the OHA determine not to grantPortlandan amended compliance schedule, I would like to receive a full explanation as to the rationale behind that decision in light of the precedent set by the State ofNew York.”