The results of a study financed by three of Portland’s largest industries asserts that clean up of a Superfund site in Portland Harbor would come with a high price tag and minimal health benefits, reported the Oregonian.
Schnitzer Steel, Gunderson, and Vigor Industrial commissioned the study, which was the first effort to determine the costs and benefits of the state’s largest cleanup. The study found that the cost to clean up a 10-mile area of the Willamette River would range between $445 million and $2.2 billion, the newspaper reported.
The harbor industry, past and present property owners, the Port of Portland, and the city’s sewer ratepayers would be responsible for funding the clean up of the site, which was given the federal Superfund designation 11 years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency would be responsible to outlining the plan for clean up.
River advocates remain skeptical of the study, seeing it as a way for businesses responsible for cleaning up the site to minimize their liability.
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