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Deny the creation of a Confined Disposal Facility at Terminal 4.

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We the undersigned ask the Oregon State Land Board and state leaders to deny any request submitted for the purchase of submerged community-owned lands in or adjacent to the Willamette River at Port of Portland's Terminal 4 intended for the creation of a superfund confined disposal facility (CDF) or toxic waste dump in North Portland. We further reject the use of a confined disposal facility for the reasons:

• North Portland is host to a garbage dump and sewage waste site and should not be considered for a toxic waste dumpsite, also known as a CDF*, as a matter of equity (*confined disposal facility).
• The proposed dirt berm separating the toxic waste dump at T-4 from the Willamette River has not been proven to withstand major earthquakes or floods and a breech could re-contaminate the river and surrounding land.
• Highly toxic pollutants will seep into the river through the berm and continue to affect both animal and human health.
• Residential communities with toxic pollutants nearby have been shown in studies to have negative health effects including shortened life spans.
• There is some evidence that pollutants such as PCBs may become airborne and affect areas near the river causing negative health impacts on North Portlanders.
• We ask instead that efforts at T-4 be directed to protect sturgeon habitat at the site and restore off-channel habitat for sturgeon, salmon and other native fish and wildlife. We believe there is a unique opportunity to protect and restore additional habitat for native fish populations.

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