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A round of public forums begins tonight on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site.


The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group hosts a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, featuring Dr. Peter deFur, a noted Superfund expert from the University of Virginia Commonwealth. He serves as a consultant to the advisory group. The free event takes place at Harriet Tubman School, 2231 N. Flint in Portland. Free refreshments will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

Other presenters include Travis Williams of Willamette Riverkeepers, Bob Sallinger of Portland Audubon Society, Rose Longoria of the Yakima Nation, and a representative of the advisory group.

While the advisory group serves as the official community involvement panel for the EPA’s Superfund project, it tends to be tilted toward neighbor and environmentalist concerns.

The Columbia Corridor Association will offer a different perspective, including regulators and concerns of those on the hook to pay cleanup costs, at a breakfast panel discussion. That will be 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Airport Embassy Suites, 7900 N.E. 82nd Ave.

Speakers include Richard Whitman, the governor's natural resources policy director; Mike Jordan, director of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Kevin Parrett, Northwest Region cleanup program manager for DEQ; and Jessica Hamilton, harbor environmental director for the Port of Portland.

Cost, which includes breakfast, is $30 for members of the Columbia Corridor Association and Portland City Club, and $40 for non-members.

For more information: columbiacorridor.org/events/breakfastforums.htm

To learn more about the EPA’s cleanup plan:yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/ph/portland+harbor+superfund+site

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