SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 6, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 43 - 45

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: Informational Meeting

                                                           

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 43, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:10 a.m. and opens an informational hearing.

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

005

Dick Pederson

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Provides written testimony on the Portland Harbor Upland Cleanup sites (EXHIBIT A).

050

Peterson

Continues discussion:

·         History of the Portland Harbor clean-up accomplishments

·         Role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

·         Challenges

·         Concludes presentation

250

Sen. Shields

Asks about personal housing distances to the Willamette.

270

Peterson

States he is unaware, but will look into and provide the information to the members.

320

Sen. Nelson

Asks what the definition of ‘up-land’ is.

325

Peterson

Answers.

340

Chair Metsger

Asks about capitol and if it is considered a challenge to the clean-up of the Willamette.

345

Peterson

States there is a possibility of capitol issues and defers the question to business owners along the Willamette.

370

Chair Metsger

Asks if funding is a barrier to the progress of the clean-up.

375

Peterson

States the project would move faster with unlimited capitol.

380

Sen. Nelson

Asks about liability definitions.

385

Peterson

Responds and elaborates.

401

Chair Metsger

Asks about the federal sites along the Willamette and their liability and contributions.

 

Peterson

Answers.

TAPE 44, A

010

Dan Opalski

Director of the EPA Oregon office, Region 10. Begins discussion of the agency’s involvement on the site.

100

Opalski

Continues discussion:

·         Superfund Facts

·         Portland Harbor

·         Commercial entities

·         Natural resources

·         Challenges

190

Chair Metsger

Asks for a snapshot of where the EPA is currently at in process of the clean-up.

200

Opalski

Continues discussion:

·         Process update

·         Status and outlook

·         Sampling

·         Economic impact

·         Concludes testimony

260

Chair Metsger

Asks about estimated time-lines and asks is there access to capitol to progress in the project.

270

Opalski

States there is a relation between the pace of work and availability of funds.

285

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the public perception of the EPA and how it effects the progress of the project.

295

Opalski

Responds.

310

Chair Metsger

Comments on the Superfunds projects that have been put on hold.

320

Opalski

Comments on the funding.

330

Cheryl Koshuta

Director of Environmental Affairs of the Port of Portland.

350

Sebastian Degans

Manager of the Port of Portland. Begins testimony on the significance of the Portland Harbor.

370

Degans

Continues discussion:

·         Definition of the working Portland Harbor (11.5 miles of the river)

TAPE 43, B

050

Degans

·         Challenges

·         Concludes testimony

010

Koshuta

Provides testimony on the Superfund site and community partners.

·         Complexity of the river clean-up

·         History of the Willamette contaminations

·         Concludes testimony

210

Chair Metsger

Asks about the price on the three year study.

212

Koshuta

Answers.

215

Sen. Nelson

Asks how many ‘orphan’ sites there are along the river.

220

Koshuta

Responds.

225

Rick Applegate

Coordinator of the Portland Harbor Superfund, City of Portland. Begins discussion on the site clean-up.

300

Applegate

Continues discussion:

·         Site cost estimates

·         Time-line estimates

·         Tribal relations

·         Promoting early action for clean-up

·         Concludes testimony

TAPE 44, B

020

Chair Metsger

Asks about the continuing contaminations of the city of Portland and how that partners with the clean-up of the river.

040

Applegate

Responds and elaborates.

060

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the partnerships with tribes.

065

Matt Blevins

 Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC). Provides written testimony on addressing the problems of the Willamette river (EXHIBIT B).

110

Rhett Lawrence

Environmental Advocate, Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPRIG). Provides written testimony on the Portland Harbor Superfund site (EXHIBIT C).

150

Chair Metsger

Asks about who pays for the orphan sites.

160

M. Blevins

Answers.

170

R. Lawrence

Elaborates on the funding.

178

Chair Metsger

Comments on the federal superfund allocations.

190

John DiLorenzo

Attorney. Begins discussion on 2001 proposal of HB 2210. Suggest a new approach to the resolution of the clean-up of the Willamette River.

240

DiLorenzo

·         Potentially responsible parties

·         Remedial action

·         Proposed resolution

·         Advantages

·         Concludes testimony

450

Chair Metsger

Inquires about the legal maneuvering for the state to assume the primary position of land ownership.

TAPE 45, A

010

DiLorenzo

Provides an opinion and defers the question to the EPA.

030

Opalski

EPA. Comments.

040

Sen. Nelson

Asks how to address an unknown cost of clean-up.

060

DiLorenzo

Responds.

078

Chair Metsger

Comments on the testimony provided.

085

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the committee at 10:07 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, written testimony, Dick Peterson, 38 pp

B – Informational, written testimony, Matt Blevins, 3 pp

C – Informational, written testimony, Rhett Lawrence, 3 pp