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Phone: 503-823-7740

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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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News Release: Oil release from Union Pacific Railroad property impacts stormwater outfall, Willamette River


(January 23, 2018) -- City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services spill response team, investigating a report of an oil release yesterday from Union Pacific Railroad's Albina Yard on North River Street, confirmed that an unknown quantity of oil spilled onto the road, reached the city's stormwater system and the Willamette River.

Environmental Services determined that Union Pacific's hazardous materials team was on site and cooperating with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Coast Guard to clean the street, storm sewer, shoreline and waterway. Union Pacific notified the Oregon Environmental Reporting System (OERS) managed by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management. Environmental Services understands that the US Coast Guard is leading on clean up and containment, which continues.

The public is advised to avoid contact with the area. Environmental Services has no further information on this incident at this time. Inquiries may be directed to the US Coast Guard. Levi Read, PIO, US Coast Guard,, (503)861-6237

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Contact Info:
Levi Read, PIO, US Coast Guard,, (503)861-6237
Diane Dulken, Environmental Services PIO, (503)823-6724