Clean Up Portland Harbor

Clean Up
Portland Harbor


Tell the EPA What You Think!

You have an opportunity to weigh in on one of the most significant hazardous waste cleanups in modern history. Take a moment to submit this letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, by adding your information to the form below. A copy will be sent to members of Oregon's congressional delegation to let them know this issue matters. 

Dear Ms. McCarthy, 

The proposed cleanup of Portland Harbor is a big win for industry and a bad deal for the public. EPA’s cleanup proposal tackles just 8% of a site area that is 100% toxic. A more aggressive plan is needed to prevent even more harm to human health and the environment. On behalf of all people who rely on the river for food, recreation, employment and culture, I urge the EPA to implement Alternative G, a plan that:

  • Moves quickly and sustainably reduces contaminants causing harm to Willamette and Columbia river resources

  • Includes ongoing monitoring and cleanup upriver and downriver from the site
  • Contributes to healthy fish that are safe to eat for all people
  • Holds polluters accountable for creating a safer Portland Harbor

These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve.  

And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.


About Portland Harbor

Portland Harbor is a 10-mile, 2,200-acre toxic site. In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled it a Superfund site—a location contaminated by hazardous waste and identified on the national priority list for cleanup. The harbor, the Willamette River and its shores provide food for our families, jobs for our community, recreational opportunities, tribal and commercial fishing, and a rich source of culture and beauty. Now, more than 15 years later, the EPA has proposed to cleanup just 8% of a site that is 100% toxic. 


Organizations supporting a more aggressive cleanup:

Yakama Nation, American Rivers, Audubon Society of Portland, Groundwork Portland, Northwest Steelheaders, Pacific Rivers, Sierra Club,  Willamette Riverkeeper, Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group and Portland Harbor Community Coalition