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Old Linnton Plywood Mill to be restored to natural condition

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Company to tear down industrial property to generation restoration credits for Superfund cleanup work


An Oakland, California company is proposing to demolish the former Linnton Plywood Mill in the industrial belt northwest of Portland and restore it to its natural state.

The company, Linnton Water Credits LLC, would restore aquatic and riparian habitats on 27 acres of industrial property at 10504 N.W. St. Helens Road, along the Willamette River. Then it would use the improvements as bankable "restoration credits" to be sold to clients on the hook to clean up contamination elsewhere in the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Those cleanup projects fall under the auspices of the Portland Harbor Natural Resources Trustee Council, which is distinct from Superfund work being overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The project is known as the Linnton Mill Restoration Site Mitigation Bank.

Linnton Water Credits would create 5.5 acres of new aquatic habitat, 4.8 acres of restored shallow water habitats, 9.3 acres of riparian habitat, among other improvements. It would remove about 700 wood piles and stubs from the water, many of them treated with creosote.

Construction is planned to begin in March.

For more information and to submit public comments on the project: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Portals/24/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/NWP-2014-477_PN.pdf

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