Tell EPA to Cleanup Columbia River, Bradford Island
In a game-changing decision for one of the most toxic sites in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes adding Bradford Island and surrounding waters on the nation’s “National Priorities List,” commonly known as the Superfund list. You only have until November 8, 2021, to weigh in.
Dear U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
I strongly urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list the Bradford Island cleanup site on the National Priorities List. The states of Oregon and Washington, the Yakama Nation, and other public health, environmental justice, and conservation organizations have called on EPA to place Bradford Island on the National Priorities List. For over 40 years, the U.S. government dumped toxic pollution in and along the Columbia’s shores at Bradford Island, located near Bonneville Dam. The area is a historical tribal fishing area. Today, tribal people and diverse communities use the area for subsistence and recreational fishing despite advisories warning not to eat resident fish. In fact, resident fish caught near the island contain the highest levels of cancer-causing PCBs in the Northwest. Despite the significant contamination, the Trump administration recently slashed funding for Bradford Island cleanup.
I support a cleanup of Bradford Island that protects human health and the environment. The severe and long-running pollution problems at the site and the history of cleanup investigations, lack of funding, and delays in developing plans for active cleanup demonstrate the dire need for a new approach. For these reasons, I urge EPA to list Bradford Island and surrounding waters on the National Priorities List.
For over 40 years, the U.S. government dumped toxic pollution in and along the Columbia’s shores at Bradford Island, located near Bonneville Dam.