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Change in Timeline for WHI Health Analysis

A team of health experts, which includes staff from Multnomah County Health Department, Upstream Public Health and Oregon Public Health Institute, is preparing a health analysis of potential impacts on the community as a result of a possible future marine terminal development on West Hayden Island. The first part of the document (literature review and analysis) was to be released today.

The Health Department has requested additional time to complete the health analysis and present the entire document (literature review, analysis and recommendations). “Multnomah County Health Department wants to ensure this report presents the technical information in a way that adds value and makes sense to experts as well as the general public,” said Multnomah County’s Health Officer Dr. Gary Oxman. The City agrees with the health expert team that additional time is warranted.

A revised timeline for the release of the health analysis as well as meetings with the WHI Advisory Committee and open houses for the public will be posted online next week.

The recently adopted Portland Plan stated the City's intention to incorporate public health considerations into its land use planning work. This report will be an example of how that element of the Portland Plan can be implemented.