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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

City and State Raise Red Flags About Superfund Process

October 10, 2017

On Friday, the State of Oregon and the City of Portland raised a number of concerns about the Superfund process, including the prospect of years of further delay.

In January, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final cleanup plan – or "Record of Decision" – for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Record of Decision was a major step forward in the Superfund process, and reflected the input of a diverse group of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local governments, tribes, neighbors, businesses, and the broader community.

EPA is now getting ready to make big decisions about how to proceed with the cleanup, including how to measure the current health of the river so we can evaluate our progress along the way.

The City has learned that a number of private parties have asked the EPA to reconsider fundamental decisions that have already been agreed upon, a process that could delay cleanup work by a decade or more.

Rather than revisiting these decisions, the City is encouraging EPA to uphold the original cleanup plan and move quickly toward implementation.

Background

Letter from Oregon DEQ, October 5

 

Letter from Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish, October 6

 

Letter from Yakama Nation, October 6

 

Governor Brown Press Release, October 9

 

DEQ Press Release, October 12


Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, October 16

 

Joint Statement from Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish on EPA ROD, January 9

Media

EPA 'Remains Committed' to Working with DEQ, Tribes on Portland Superfund Cleanup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

$1.05 Billion Willamette River Superfund Cleanup Faces Delay After EPA Revises Plan, State Says

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

New EPA Plan Could Delay Cleanup of Portland Harbor Pollution

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Oregon's Congressional Push to Get EPA to Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

EPA Delays Signing Controversial Portland Harbor Superfund Agreement

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

DEQ Says EPA "Opening Up Process" in Superfund Row

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Now Trump’s Messing with the Willamette River?

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Trump Administration Threatening Actions That Would Delay Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup, Local Officials Say

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Trump Undermining Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup, Oregon Officials Say

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Oregon Authorities Accuse EPA of Delaying, Weakening Portland Harbor Cleanup Plan

Joe Douglass in KATU News

 

Oregon: US Gov't Backtracking on Portland Harbor Cleanup

Andrew Selsky for The Associated Press in The Seattle Times

 

Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Jefferson Public Radio

The Weekly Catch

Permanent Supportive Housing

Portland and Multnomah County Will Look at Pairing Housing with Services to Keep Homeless Housed

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Superfund

City and State Raise Red Flags About Superfund Process

Nick Fish Blog

 

Governor Brown Urges EPA to Move Forward with Cleanup of Portland Harbor

Governor Brown Press Release

 

Oregon Delegation Urges Prompt EPA Action on Portland Harbor site

Senator Ron Wyden Press Release

 

EPA 'Remains Committed' to Working with DEQ, Tribes on Portland Superfund Cleanup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

$1.05 Billion Willamette River Superfund Cleanup Faces Delay After EPA Revises Plan, State Says

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

EPA Delays Signing Controversial Portland Harbor Superfund Agreement

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

DEQ Says EPA "Opening Up Process" in Superfund Row

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

New EPA Plan Could Delay Cleanup of Portland Harbor Pollution

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Now Trump’s Messing with the Willamette River?

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Trump Administration Threatening Actions That Would Delay Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup, Local Officials Say

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Trump Undermining Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup, Oregon Officials Say

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Oregon Authorities Accuse EPA of Delaying, Weakening Portland Harbor Cleanup Plan

Joe Douglass in KATU News

 

Oregon: US Gov't Backtracking on Portland Harbor Cleanup

Andrew Selsky for The Associated Press in The Seattle Times

 

Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Jefferson Public Radio

Portland Water Bureau

Portland Submits Crypto Plan to Oregon Health Authority

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Housing

City's Plans for Affordable Housing Bond Prioritizes Minorities, Families and At-Risk Households

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Director's Desk: Portland Housing Bond Framework Charts Course for Change

Israel Bayer in StreetRoots

 

The City Finally Has an Idea of How to Spend Its Housing Bond

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland to Decide How to Spend $250M For Affordable Housing

Conrad Wilson in OPB News

 

Portland Sets Priorities for How to Spend $258 Million Affordable Housing Bond

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

In Other News

No More Stalling: All User Restroom Opens at Southeast

River Flora in the PCC Bridge

 

8 Arts Picks: Vanport Drama, Classical Music, Art Exhibits, More

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

 

Laika, Portland Art Museum Team Up to Take You Behind the Scenes of 4 Oscar-Nominated Films

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

Council Commits to 2,000 New Supportive Housing Units

October 18, 2017

The Supportive Housing A-Team

Today, Council adopted a shared vision of adding 2,000 new units of supportive housing in the next 10 years. Supportive housing combines deeply affordable and safe homes with intensive services for people struggling with mental illness and/or addiction.

About two-thirds of the people living outside in our community report a mental illness, addiction, chronic medical condition, or some combination. These women and men face significant barriers and are at greatest risk of dying on our streets.

Fortunately, we know what works – supportive housing. Today’s action is a commitment to our most vulnerable neighbors. Although it won’t solve our housing crisis or end homelessness, it will make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

This bold vision builds on recent actions the Council has taken to address our housing crisis: opening new shelter beds, extending the housing state of emergency, enacting historic renter protections, and making significant new investments in the Joint Office of Homeless Services.

Nick's resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly. And it builds on a strong partnership with Multnomah County, the State of Oregon, Home Forward, and other community non-profits.

Tomorrow, the Multnomah County Commission will adopt the same resolution.

You can read the resolution and Nick’s statement here.

Media

Supportive Housing Saves Money and Saves Lives

Ted Wheeler, Deborah Kafoury and Nick Fish in The Oregonian

 

Supportive Housing Saves the Lives of Portland’s Chronically Homeless

Nick Fish in The Oregonian

 

Helping Portland's Chronically Homeless is a Choice to Save Lives

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland and Multnomah County Will Look at Pairing Housing with Services to Keep Homeless Housed

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

  

Portland City Councilors to Pass Resolution to Add 2,000 Affordable Housing Units

KATU Staff

 

Portland Wants To Build 2,000 New Units Of Supportive Housing

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Portland is Plotting to Set Aside 2,000 Apartments For Its Hardest-to-Reach Homeless Residents

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Council Sets Goal of Creating More Supportive Housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Supportive Housing

Council Commits to 2,000 New Supportive Housing Units

Nick Fish Blog

 

Supportive Housing Saves Money and Saves Lives: Guest Opinion

Nick Fish, Ted Wheeler, and Deborah Kafoury in The Oregonian

 

Helping Portland's Chronically Homeless is a Choice to Save Lives

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland City Councilors Pass Resolution to Add 2,000 Affordable Housing Units

KATU News

 

Portland is Plotting to Set Aside 2,000 Apartments for Its Hardest-to-Reach Homeless Residents

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Wants to Build 2,000 New Units of Supportive Housing

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Council Sets Goal of Creating More Supportive Housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland and Multnomah County Will Look at Pairing Housing with Services to Keep Homeless Housed

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Portland Water Bureau

City Hall Watch: Portland Submits Crypto Plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Superfund

Oregon Delegation Urges Prompt EPA Action on Portland Harbor site

Senator Ron Wyden Press Release

 

Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB

In Other News

City to Honor Thorns Championship with a Wednesday Proclamation (Photos)

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Thorns cap off NWSL Championship celebration with boisterous rally at Providence Park

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

 

‘A Visual Diary’ of Portland’s Artists of Color

Emilly Prado in StreetRoots

 

The Show Must Go On: Keller Auditorium Turns 100

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

Helping Low-Income Ratepayers

October 25, 2017

This morning, the Auditor released a review of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services' utility financial assistance program. Nick shared this message with his colleagues:

Dear Colleagues,

Some of our neighbors need extra help paying their utility bill, especially during this housing crisis.

The Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services have a nationally-recognized financial assistance program.

Today, Auditor Mary Hull Caballero released her audit of the program. It affirms the work we're doing and offers common-sense guidance to strengthen the program.

I have directed the Water Bureau and BES to implement the Auditor’s recommendations, and to work to increase the number of eligible customers they serve.

A lot of work is already underway.

This summer we launched a year-long project to find and implement new ways to reach low-income Portlanders with our services.

This fall and through the upcoming budget process, the two utility bureaus will work with our public oversight bodies, the Portland Utility Board and the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, to improve and strengthen the program in a variety of ways, including:

   • Helping cost-burdened renters in multi-family buildings.

   • Launching a pilot project to reduce monthly bills for people on a tight budget living in single-family homes.

   • Increasing the value of our crisis voucher.

   • Scaling benefits to better reflect household size.

I want to thank Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and her team for their comprehensive and thoughtful work. Audits are a valuable tool to assess where we are and how we can do better.

I also want to thank the dedicated staff at the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services who administer all of our customer service programs.

And I am always interested in your feedback. Email me any time at nick@portlandoregon.gov.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Nick Fish

Background

City Auditor Press Release

 

Utility Payment Assistance Audit Highlights

 

Utility Payment Assistance Audit

Media

Water Bill Assistance Program Still Misses Residents Who Need It The Most: Audit

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Audit: Residents Need Help with Water Bills

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune