LUBCP! worked with community members, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality/DEQ, and the Oregon Health Authority/OHA to conduct a Human Health Risk Assessment of the Full Site. This assessment is required by the State of Oregon before a brownfield can be returned to productive use. DEQ and OHA have fully funded the Assessment, an in-kind contribution valued at over $135,000. This Human Health Risk Assessment took place in two phases:
Phase I. Phase I examined past uses of the site through community interviews and an historical record search. Donating its services to the project, GeoDesign (a local environmental engineering firm) performed the Phase I examination and prepared the Phase I report.
Full Site Phase I was completed November, 2011. Please click on the following links for more information: Full Site Phase I Summary (39 pages); Full Site Phase I Appendix A, B (512 pages); Full Site Phase I Appendix C, D (39 pages).
Phase II. Phase II examined the Full Site’s air quality and soil quality. LUBCP! organized a Community Involvement Committee/CIC, made up of Cully residents and organizations, as a way to engage them in Phase II. OHA secured a Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Land Reuse and Brownfield Sites grant from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, one of only two awarded nationwide, to provide funding for the CIC.
Meeting monthly from January‐September, 2012, CIC members shared community concerns, advised agency staff, participated in sampling activities, visited the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services lab to learn how samples are analyzed, and gained knowledge and skills in the risk assessment process.
Full Site Phase II has been completed, and the HHRA’s Final Report, known as a “Health Consultation Report,” has been released. The Report states that the site is safe for park development, “all contaminants tested for are too low to cause concern for human health. Please click here to read the Health Consultation Report, and click on the following links for summary sheets in English, Spanish or Somali.