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PCBs In Columbia River Bass May Not Mean Extensive Clean-Up

March 18, 2008 4:27 p.m.

The announcement this week that Columbia River fish near Bonneville Dam have high levels of PCBs does not mean there will be an extensive clean-up of the source of the pollution.


Costly Davy Crockett Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented

Feb. 21, 2012 6:37 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million last year removing the Davy Crockett from the Columbia River. The barge had broken apart during a botched salvage job and was spilling oil and PCBs into the river.

Agriculture | News | local | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Environment

Portland To Join Suit Against Monsanto

March 16, 2016 11:26 p.m.

Portland plans to join six other West Coast cities — Seattle, Spokane, Berkley, Oakland, San Diego and San Jose — that have sued the company over toxic pollutants it produced.

Environment | Water

New Tests Find Toxic Chemicals In Columbia River Fish

July 6, 2012 8:51 p.m.

New tests show one of the most popular sport fish on Columbia also contain high contamination levels. Bass carry elevated quantities of a variety of toxic chemicals.

Environment | Water

Big Float Celebrates Portland's Cleaner, Swimmable Willamette River

July 29, 2011 5:01 a.m.

The Willamette's decades of use as a place to discharge waste and toxins has sullied its reputation and kept swimmers from its shores. But is it still unsafe for people to splash in? Close to one thousand people are prepared for The Big Float to challenge that conventional wisdom.


DEQ Aims To Limit 118 Problem Chemicals

Jan. 4, 2010 4:26 p.m.

Oregon regulators have released draft recommendations on what limits to place on chemicals reaching state waterways.

Water | Environment | News | local

EPA Calls For $1 Billion Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

Jan. 6, 2017 9:02 p.m.

In a final plan released Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the price of cleaning up pollution at the Portland Harbor Superfund site from $746 million to $1.05 billion.

Communities | Environment | News | local | Battle Ready

Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

Dec. 1, 2016 8 p.m.

Portland's WWII shipbuilding gave way to shipbreaking and environmental consequences extending well beyond the war years. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

Environment | Water

Cleaning Up Toxic Contaminants In The Willamette River

Nov. 19, 2015 5:37 p.m.

The Portland Harbor was declared a Superfund site in 2000, and some clean up has taken place, but most awaits the final EPA decision, expected in the spring.

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Environmental Update on Chemicals and Colony Collapse Disorder

Aug. 11, 2014 7:06 p.m.

We'll talk with EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita about the return of PCBs, colony collapse disorder, and more.

Oregon Field Guide

Columbia River Toxins

Feb. 1, 2013 4:30 a.m.

Tests show the mid-Columbia river shares the same contamination as the lower river.

Environment | Water | Think Out Loud

Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Portland Harbor Superfund

Nov. 17, 2015 7:31 p.m.

The Portland harbor was declared a Superfund site 15 years ago, and officials are finally close to a plan to finish cleaning up the toxic 11-mile stretch of the Willamette.

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