EPA wants PDX harbor Superfund plan changes

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Wednesday that it will devise its own clean-up plan for the Willamette River’s Portland Harbor Superfund site.

The Oregonian newspaper first reported the development, which could mean that certain Lower Willamette Group proposals won’t be implemented during the project. The clean-up costs could reach $1.8 billion.

EPA had hinted last summer the Lower Willamette Group’s study needed tweaks. The group includes several businesses, the Port of Portland and the city of Portland.

The EPA’s plan “will summarize the cleanup options and propose a preferred plan for cleaning up contaminated sediment in Portland Harbor,” the agency wrote. Officials projected their rewrite would be available in 2014.

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