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Watered-down promises for the Willamette River cleanup

Street Roots, June 30th, 2016

“Early this month the EPA released its draft plan to remove toxic contamination from the bottom of the Willamette River. The plan represents the culmination of 16 years of study, a federal mandate to remove toxic substances, and extensive jockeying from government agencies, polluting industries and community and environmental groups.

The plan stumbled out of the gate at 2 p.m. June 8, and critics took aim immediately.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Mary Ann Warner, of the Portland Harbor Community Coalition. “It’s just beyond me how they could actually put out this plan and think that it was OK.”

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