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October 11, 2017

Oregon says feds backtrack on Portland Harbor cleanup

  • The polluted stretch of the Willamette River — called the Portland Harbor Superfund Site — was due for a $1 billion cleanup.
    Associated Press

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon are accusing the federal government of going behind their backs to undermine a plan to clean up toxic pollution along the Willamette River in Portland.

    On Jan. 6, two weeks before President Barack Obama left the White House, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final $1.05 billion clean-up plan for a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River that became polluted from a century of industrial use.

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