TUESDAY APRIL 24th, 12 NOON
PORTLAND CITY HALL at SW 4th and JEFFERSON
Stop HB 2010 - the Taxpayer Financed Polluter Bailout
Portland Harbor is a toxic superfund site - Don't roll back
In December 2000, Portland harbor was dsginated as a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It did not take long for Portland Harbor industries to devise a scheme - House Bill 2010 - to avoid responsibility for dumping toxics and to stick the
price tag and burden on Multnomah County taxpayers.
Superfund Cleanup Works - Polluters Pay, Not Taxpayers
The EPA identified 69 "potentially responsible parties" (PRP's) in Portland Harbor and, along with Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, contacted many of these companies to ask for assistence in cleanup. Now the PRP's are pushing legislation, which will both undermine how Superfund cleanup ensures that polluters pay and will
attack public services to boot.
What is HB2010?
The Oregon Legislature is considering House Bill 2010, which would exempt harbor landowners from paying any property taxes and Superfund cleanup costs in return for setting up a privately self-funded, self-governed cleanup authority that is beyond public scrunity.
Under current law, polluting companies responsible for a Superfund site must pay the cleanup costs. This bill would allow Portland Harbor's potnetially responsible polluters to escape paying $10 million a year in property taxes, with Oregon Stell getting off the hook for nearly $800,000 annually in property taxes. The cost of this polluter bailout would be borne by Multnomah County and City of
POrtland tax payers. HB 2010's budget impact would threaten essential services such as education, public transportation, public infrastructure projects, and public safety.
Join us in telling the Legislature and the governor that HB 2010 is a bad idea. Tell them you don't want to bail out polluters. Tell them your mother taught you to clean up your own mess!
PORTLAND CITY HALL at SW 4th and JEFFERSON ST.
12 NOON APRIL 24th!
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