Deadline for Comments Sept. 6
Key talking points:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cleanup plan does not adequately address the pollution in the Portland Harbor nor does it provide the level of risk reduction essential to protecting human health and the environment.
- It is of utmost importance to adopt and implement a thorough cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor that, in addition to removing toxic substances, will have effective, permanent long-term results and reduce the possibility that additional action will be needed in the future.
- There should be less reliance on the EPA-proposed level of capping and Monitored Natural Recovery (naturally occurring processes that reduce contamination) and more emphasis on removing contaminated sediment.
- Contaminated sediments must be stored offsite in certified toxic waste disposal facilities.
- Long-term monitoring is essential. The EPA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should establish a common agreement on how to measure the success of the plan that is adopted.
For how to comment and for more information:
Four 2016 Ballot Measures and the Oregon Budget
Voter Information Forum
September 12, Monday, noon to 2:oopm
Multnomah County Building Board Room
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
How could the 2016 ballot measures change Oregon’s state finances and services?
The forum will include:
- an illustrated explanation of the fundamentals of the Oregon Budget
- a discussion of three of the measures that could change the budget, and
- a debate on Measure 97, the proposed increase in the corporate minimum tax
Urges Members to Aid the Effort
Volunteer or add your name to the email list
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Portland City Council unanimously voted to refer a $258.4 million affordable housing bond measure to Portland voters in November. The League of Women Voters of Portland supports the measure and urges members to make every effort to help pass it.
Public Comment Deadline: September 6, 2016
For more information:
EPA Recommended Plan and Alternatives
Eight-page fact sheet
Comments on the Proposed Plan may be submitted to EPA via:
Online comment form
Postal mail: ATTN: Harbor Comments, U.S. EPA, 805 SW Broadway, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97205
The League of Women Voters of Portland has received a Multnomah Bar Foundation grant to hold candidate and ballot measure forums and provide comprehensive voters’ guides prior to the primary and general elections.