EPA Delays Unveiling of Clean Up Plan for Portland Harbor

EPA Delays Unveiling of Clean Up Plan for Portland Harbor

A proposed cleanup plan by the federal regulators was anticipated for the heavy metal and PCB-laden Portland Harbor but it has been delayed abruptly and will be unveiled later.

Earlier, it was to be released on coming Monday but on Wednesday, the officials of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it will not come out till the first week of May.

An EPA spokesman said the environmental agency workers require some more time to create the electronic portal which will publish the plan and supporting documents.

The EPA is also making further efforts to clean up the inactive mines that are contaminating waterways. The push advanced on Wednesday with The EPA proposing to include the Colorado Animas River sites to a priority list of sites that are eligible for disaster, in the complex, multi phased Superfund cleanup process. It is expected that a group of forty eight mining sites close to Silverton which also include the Gold King Mine will ultimately find a place on the National Priorities List of the country's worst disasters sites that threaten public health and also the environment.

However, the process needs several steps and a list of documents without any surety that all the listed sites would get cleanup funding.