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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 6480, PCB Areawide - N Bradford St right-of-way

This report shows data entered as of October 3, 2023 at 7:48:10 AM

This report contains site details, organized into the following sections: 1) Site Photos (appears only if the site has photos); 2) General Site Information; 3) Site Characteristics; 4) Substance Contamination Information; 5) Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions; and 6) Site Environmental Controls (i.e., institutional or engineering controls; appears only if DEQ has applied one or more such controls to the site).  A key to certain acronyms and terms used in the report appears at the bottom of the page.

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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 6480, PCB Areawide - N Bradford St right-of-way

Site Photos
Click to View Photo Picture Date Caption Size
View Photo 10/05/2021 Site Location 141 Kb
View Photo 10/05/2021 Photos of site location 54 Kb
View Photo 10/05/2021 Google Earth view of railroad crossing 55 Kb
View Photo 10/28/2011 2011 Total PCBs collected in soil and stormwater sediments by City of Portland. 184 Kb

General Site Information

Site ID: 6480 Site Name: PCB Areawide - N Bradford St right-of-way CERCLIS No:
Address: North Bradford Street Portland 97203
  County: Multnomah Region: Northwest
Other location information:
Investigation Status: Suspect site requiring further investigation
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: No Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 1N , 1W , 12 Tax Lots:
  Latitude: 45.5876 deg. Longitude: -122.761 deg.  Site Size: 1.8 acres
Other Site Names:
  Cathedral Park
  N Bradford St
  N Bradford ROW

Site Characteristics

General Site Description: [6/30/2022 VCP/Landes]: Elevated levels of contamination have been detected along the railroad right-of-way along N Bradford St adjacent/through Cathedral Park (see images below). While they do not present a short-term threat to public health, more sampling is necessary to make sure there is no risk of long-term health effects for someone who is regularly exposed to the soil in this area.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were detected in surface soils and in areas of stormwater ponding along the North Bradford Street Right-of-Way in 2011. Surface soils in this area were sampled and analyzed by the City of Portland for PCBs, which were detected at concentrations ranging from 54 μg/kg to 21,700 μg/kg. These soils were determined to no longer have a pathway to the river in a source control decision at Peninsula Iron Works (ECSI# 5686). However, park users may be exposed to PCBs at levels that exceed DEQ's soil occupational risk-based concentrations. Therefore, soil investigation and remediation is likely warranted and DEQ anticipates participation by adjacent property owners and operators as needed.

DEQ is actively engaging property owners and operators to move this site forward through our process for site investigation and cleanup. Both Union Pacific Railroad and Peninsula Iron Works have signed letter agreements to participate in the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP).

The VCP process takes time, but DEQ is committed to moving the project along as quickly as possible and keeping the community informed. In addition, DEQ recently obtained funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do soil sampling in Cathedral Park. ECSI# 6503 Cathedral Park describes this soil sampling effort.

DEQ has been meeting with community members since October 2021 (October, November, January, March, April, May) to discuss site information and next steps. DEQ's portion of those presentations can be found in the Site Documents on this ECSI webpage. Based on these conversations, DEQ developed a project webpage with FAQs and working with OHA to develop signs.

You can stay up to date on this project by:
  • Checking the project webpage for the latest updates, community meetings, and opportunities to get involved.
  • Checking this ECSI webpage for the latest project technical documents.
  • Reaching out to Portland Harbor Community Coalition at who are coordinating community efforts around this work.

Site History: [9/30/2021 VCP/Landes]: The area along the N. Bradford Street right-of-way was first identified in stormwater and soil sampling along the railroad track by the City of Portland between 2008 and 2011. Information about the property on the north, Peninsula Iron Works can be found on the ECSI# 5686 site.

The Site is in an area with a variety of historical industrial uses, although aerial images and Sanborn maps show much of the immediate surrounding area undeveloped.
Contamination Information: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were detected at concentrations ranging from 54 μg/kg to 21,700 μg/kg.
Manner and Time of Release:
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in soil
Environmental/Health Threats:
Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: [06/30/2022 VCP/Landes]: DEQ continues to engage property owners to investigate and address this area. Both Union Pacific and Peninsula Iron Works have submitted workplan for sampling in the area. In addition, DEQ proactively sampled areas of community interest in Cathedral Park under an EPA-funded Brownfields grant, with more information available at ECSI# 6503 Cathedral Park .
Data Sources:

Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
No information is available

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
REMOVAL  (Primary Action) 05/22/2023   Rebecca Digiustino VCP
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Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

You may be able to obtain more information about this site by contacting Rebecca Digiustino at the Northwest regional office or via email at If this does not work, you may contact Ximena Cruz Cuevas (503) 229-6811, or via email at or contact the Northwest regional office.