Verde 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 fully funded the Assessment, an in-kind contribution valued at over $135,000.
The 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.
Phase II. Phase II examined the Full Site’s air quality and soil quality. Verde organized a Community Involvement Committee/CIC, made up of Cully residents and organizations, as a way to engage Cully residents and organizations in Phase II. OHA secured a 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 advised agency staff, participated in sampling activities, and visited the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services lab to learn how samples are analyzed. Verde provided 2 honoraria for each volunteer CIC member in recognition of his/her service.
Full Site Phase II was completed in 2012, and the Human Health Risk Assessment’s Final Report, known as a “Health Consultation Report,” was 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.