Release Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Dan Hafley, Northwest Region Cleanup Program, Portland, 503-229-5417
Port of Portland to remove contaminated soils in October and November
As part of an environmental cleanup action under Oregon Department of Environmental Quality oversight, soils containing high concentrations of dioxins and heavy metals will be excavated and removed from an upland area of Willamette Cove in October and November 2015.
Willamette Cove is on the Willamette River waterfront in North Portland between the McCormick and Baxter Superfund site and Lampros Steel. The Port of Portland is performing this work as part of its continuing effort to clean up the Willamette Cove property from the results of past industrial practices.
The Ports environmental consultant and environmental contractor will complete the cleanup work under DEQs oversight. The project will excavate, transport and dispose of the contaminated soil at an appropriate landfill. Trucks will haul an estimated 5,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil to the Wasco County Landfill for disposal.
Port and DEQ oversight will ensure that contaminated soil is contained and safely handled during the cleanup action, that the cleanup action will improve environmental conditions at Willamette Cove, and that the receiving landfill is appropriate and safe for disposal of the contaminated soil.
Trucks hauling soil will exit Willamette Cove using North Edgewater Street and Willamette Boulevard to the intersection of North Richmond and the North Ivanhoe. From there, trucks will travel on North Ivanhoe, North Saint Louis, North Fessenden and North Columbia Way to access the highway system to Wasco County in central Oregon.
Truck travel on this route can be expected weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Based on the estimated amount of soil removal, approximately 20 trucks will enter and leave the site over the course of each work day.
Copies of work plan documents for this cleanup are available for public review at the DEQs Northwest Region office, 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland. For more information on environmental conditions at the site, contact DEQ Project Manager Daniel Hafley at 503-229-5417.
Direct questions or comments related to truck traffic in the area of Willamette Cove to the Port of Portland at 503-415-6525.
Direct questions about access to the Willamette Cove property, including current and future use, to property owner Metro at 503-797-1545.