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City To Spend $5 Million On Portland Harbor Superfund Site


Negotiations are continuing with over 150 potentially responsible parties to pay for cleaning up and mitigating the pollution damage in the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Negotiations are continuing with over 150 potentially responsible parties to pay for cleaning up and mitigating the pollution damage in the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

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Portland plans to spend nearly $5 million this fiscal year on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and mitigation project. Among other things, it will fund a public engagement process, partner with other governments on baseline sampling in the harbor, and evaluate high-priority restoration sites.

It is not yet clear how much the city will ultimately pay for the project, however. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated cleanup costs at $1.2 billion. It is supposed to be paid by over 150 potentially responsible parties who are believed to have contributed to the pollution.

But negotiations with the EPA over how much each party will pay are confidential and could take many years to complete.

Portland has already paid more than $50 million to help plan the cleanup and may pay much more to help complete it.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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