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EPA extends Superfund comment period until Sept. 6.

PHOTO COURTESY WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER - EPA proposed a plan to finally clean up a 10-mile polluted stretch of the Willamette River on Wednesday, in one of the most complex projects ever done under the Superfund program.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it is extending the comment period on its proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site until Sept. 6.

"Responding to numerous public requests for more time to review our Proposed Plan for Portland Harbor, EPA has agreed to extend the comment period until September 6, 2016, allowing a full 90 days for public comment. All comments must be postmarked by September 6, 2016. EPA encourages the public to visit our website and attend one of our public meetings to learn more about our plan to help make Portland Harbor safer and healthier for all,” said EPA spokesman Mark MacIntyre.

The EPA also invited the public to attend four public hearings on the plan. The schedule is:

• June 24, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, City of Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.

• June 29, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, EXPO Center, 2060 N Marine Dr.

• July 11, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St.

• July 20, 2016, 11:30am-8pm, Ambridge Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The EPA has proposed a seven-year plan to finally clean up the 10-mile Portland Harbor Superfund site, at an estimated cost of $746 million. It has been criticized as inadequate by environmental and community groups. An earlier Portland Tribune story on the proposal can be read at tinyurl.com/j3k5pbw

More information on the proposed plan can be found on the EPA's website at go.usa.gov/3Wf2B