Portland’s pricey sewer needs more

The $800 million project needs an additional $147 million for improvements, says the EPA.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has informed local government that the $800 million sewer project will require an addition $147 million to safeguard the Columbia.

If negotiations between the EPA, the state and the city break down, the federal agency says it could oversee operations at the treatment plant, removing authority from Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Negotiations “are going fairly well,” said Michael Bussell, director of water and watershed’s for the EPA’s Seattle office. “But if they fall apart for whatever reason, we do have an ability and in fact an obligation to federalize that permit.”

Read the full story at the Oregonian.

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