1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204
On June 30, the City of Portland convened a community forum at the University of Portland on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan. The purpose of the forum was for City Council members to hear your comments, questions and concerns to help shape the city’s formal comments to the EPA.
The city has a unique role in Portland Harbor as a steward of this important community resource, a local regulator, and as a potentially responsible party that may ultimately be held liable for some costs associated with the cleanup.
The city is working hard to represent the interests of Portlanders and steward the use of public tax dollars, and will consider the impact of cleanup options on all river users – including those who use it for recreation or business, and those who may be called upon to help pay for cleanup.
Over the past several months, the city has invited testimony from community organizations, conducted a survey through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and issued more than $60,000 in grants to organizations to fund outreach to underserved and underrepresented communities in an effort to get more feedback.
We want to reiterate that your voices are important to this process and the testimony we received will help the City of Portland develop our formal comments to the EPA.