The Portland Harbor Superfund Site Sustainability Project: Introduction

Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2018 Jan;14(1):17-21. doi: 10.1002/ieam.1997. Epub 2017 Dec 5.


This article introduces the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Sustainability Project (PHSP) special series in this issue. The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is one of the "mega-sediment sites" in the United States, comprising about 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, running through the heart of Portland, Oregon. The primary aim of the PHSP was to conduct a comprehensive sustainability assessment, integrating environmental, economic, and social considerations of a selection of the remedial alternatives laid out by the US Environmental Protection Agency. A range of tools were developed for this project to quantitatively address environmental, economic, and social costs and benefits based upon diverse stakeholder values. In parallel, a probabilistic risk assessment was carried out to evaluate the risk assumptions at the core of the remedial investigation and feasibility study process. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018;14:17-21. © 2017 The Authors. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC).

Keywords: Economic impact assessment; Environmental cost-benefit analysis (EIBA); Portland Harbor Superfund Site Sustainability Project; Probabilistic risk assessment (PRA); Sustainable social values assessment (SVA).

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Hazardous Substances
  • Hazardous Waste Sites*
  • Oregon
  • Refuse Disposal
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis


  • Hazardous Substances
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical