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Cleaner Air Oregon Review: Focus on 4 N/NE Facilities

On 10/26/21, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and North Portland Neighborhood
Services will host a public meeting to address the concerns about air toxics and health risk
from four North and Northeast Portland Industrial Facilities. These industrial sites are
currently in evaluation by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) through
the Cleaner Air Oregon Program. Clustered along the North edge of Portland, along the
Columbia River, the sites are located in three neighborhoods: Cully, Kenton, and St. Johns.
Cleaner Air Oregon is a DEQ program that regulates emissions from industrial and
commercial facilities based on health risks to surrounding communities. There are four
facilities in North and Northeast Portland in various stages of the Cleaner Air Oregon
permitting process. DEQ will present information about the Cleaner Air Oregon program,
provide details on each facility, and describe how community members can be involved.
DEQ staff will compare the 4 facilities and share reports on new air toxics and health risk
data, updated CAO time frames, and identify opportunities to engage in the process.
The Facilities
Owens Brockway: 9710 NE Glass Plant Rd, 97220
Hydro-Extrusions North America: 5325 NE Skyport Way, 97218
Ecolube Recovery: 11535 N Force Avenue, 97217
Columbia Steel Castings Corporation: 10425 N Bloss Ave, 97203
Local Air Quality advocacy groups will also offer opportunities to engage on air quality
issues specific to these sites and in the wider metropolitan area as well. NECN and NPNS
welcome the public to participate in this Land Use and Transportation meeting as well as
future meetings – these meetings address a wide range of issues that impact livability –
your input is valued! Live Q & A! All written submitted questions will be addressed during
or after the meeting.
All are welcome to attend this public Land Use and Transportation Meeting.
DATE: October 26, 2021
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
VIRTUAL MEETING ACCESS
ONLINE: Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87475702681?pwd=MGRsMkdEbkQwbEQrS2xocTlOTHlOdz09
Meeting ID: 874 7570 2681
Passcode: 520734
PHONE:
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,87475702681#,,,,*520734#
Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833
For more information: contact Charlotte MacDonald charlotte@necoalition.org

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DEQ enforcement

I was recently notified that the Malarkey Roofing Company in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood will soon receive some enforcement actions from DEQ, including a financial penalty. This is expected to occur in mid-October. Lauren Wirtis, DEQ’s Northwest Region Public Affairs Specialist, has already notified the Kenton Neighborhood Association.

This facility is in Group 3 for the Cleaner Air Oregon program, which means that it will be called into the program at a later, undefined date. However, given the timing of this enforcement action we are preparing to discuss it and respond to questions during our October 26 meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Courtney

Courtney Fultineer, MPH (she/her)

Program Coordinator

Environmental Health Assessment Program

Oregon Health Authority

Cell: 971.388.4711 2 Attachments

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Life Along the Columbia – Stories from Behind the Levee

With the help of individuals who have a connection to the Columbia Slough floodplain, the Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD), in coordination with FEMA Region 10, created a storytelling collection called Life Along the Columbia: Stories from Behind the Levees (English) or Historias De La Vida A Lo Largo Del Río Columbia (Spanish). The collection was recorded during the Annual Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Regatta in August 2019 and features 8 stories from people who live, work, and recreate within our levee system.  

From October 4th to November 22nd, we will be featuring one story per week on our social media channels every Monday. Our hope with these stories, told in a mix of English and Spanish, is for our community to better understand the watershed and its many benefits, while also illuminating the flood risk that remains and the work that MCDD is doing to prepare for future floods.

Through this campaign, MCDD is incentivizing people to sign-up for our newsletter by 11/24 to be entered to win an emergency kit. We ask that you consider featuring this campaign in your upcoming newsletters and also re-posting on social media platforms (Facebook (MCDD), Facebook (Levee Ready Columbia), LinkedIn, Instagram (Levee Ready), Twitter (MCDD)).

Below is our schedule for the social media campaign. Feel free to focus your outreach efforts on the videos that feel most relevant to your organization and your community constituents. The stories that will be promoted in Spanish are highlighted below in orange.

  • October 4 – Jennifer Starkey – Columbia Slough Watershed Council Education Director
  • October 11 – Mauricio Somilleda (Español)– Volunteer from Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC)
  • October 18 – Brian Eberhardt – Project Manager & Emergency Program Manager at MCDD
  • October 25 – ABC (Andando en Bicicletas y Caminando) Group Members (Español)
  • November 1 – Susan Barthel – Former City of Portland Employee & Former CSWC Board member
  • November 8 – Sunny Simpkins – Former Deputy Director at MCDD
  • November 15 – Ubaldo Hernandez (Español) – Community Organizer for Columbia Riverkeeper
  • November 22 – Colin Rowan – Levee Ready Columbia Program Director & MCDD Deputy Director

As noted above, stories are told in a mixture of English and Spanish and are viewable on our project pages above or on YouTube (MCDD). Stories include captions in the language being spoken, but there are transcripts available in English and Spanish on the project pages.

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NE 13th pipe replacement construction

Construction to Begin October 11

Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility – is constructing a project to replace approximately 300 feet of storm pipe on NE 13th Avenue at NE South Shore Road. The existing pipe is blocked at several locations and has backed up water into the neighborhood. This storm pipe replacement will increase system capacity and relieve neighborhood flooding.   

To view a project map, visit www.portland.gov/bes/NE13thandSouthShore.

SCHEDULE

Construction will begin as soon as next week. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturdays if needed.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

You can expect the following activities and impacts with this sewer project:  

  • Safe Work Site: Safety is our top priority for every construction site. You can help keep the area safe by staying clear of all construction activities and keeping children, pets, and vehicles out of construction areas.   
  • Noise, Vibration, and Dust: Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.  
  • Traffic Delays: You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers. The contractor will maintain local access to all properties, but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business  
  • Parking Restrictions: On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.   
  • Equipment Storage: Some equipment and materials will be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.  
  • Maintained Service: Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.  
  • Typical Work Hours: Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.   
  • Schedule Changes and Inactivity: Construction schedules can change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. These same variables may cause periods of inactivity during construction phases.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION

We will be sending periodic project email updates on the project progress. To receive updates, please email Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with “NE 13th South Shore” in the subject line or sign up on the project webpage at www.portland.gov/bes/NE13thandSouthShore.

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Are we ready for the next disaster?

PEN 1, PEN 2, MCDD, SDIC, and the UFSWQD are working to annex into the FEMA-approved Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) created by Multnomah County, City of Gresham, City of Troutdale, City of Fairview, and City of Wood Village. The plan is currently being renewed to run from the fall of 2022 to the fall of 2027. It evaluates natural hazards for each jurisdiction to better understand the risks that communities and public assets face. By knowing the risks, each jurisdiction can then identify and prioritize short-term mitigation priorities to reduce the risk of natural hazards. By investing in reducing risks before a natural disaster, the Districts will reduce the expense and downtime needed for recovery. 

Please complete this survey to assist our Districts with planning.

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