EPA: report downplays harbor’s hazards


The EPA says a report on pollution in the Portland Harbor understates the risks.

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An October report by the Lower Willamette Group understates the risks to the environment and human health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

The report was written by industries and local government agencies that will likely end up paying for the cleanup, estimated at up to $1 billion.

EPA officials say the October report from the Lower Willamette Group prematurely rules out some harbor contaminants as threats to wildlife and overstates uncertainties about the pollution’s risk to human health.

“They tried to make some inappropriate claims about what’s risky and what’s not,” said Eric Blischke, an EPA project manager. “They just really kind of beat that to a pulp to some degree.”

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