Public Notices

Corps seeks comments on a Section 408 environmental cleanup project in Clatsop County, Oregon

Published Feb. 22, 2019
Expiration date: 3/7/2019
Site location of Astoria Marine Construction Company's proposed cleanup project at their boat construction and repair facility in Clatsop County, Oregon.

Site location of Astoria Marine Construction Company's proposed cleanup project at their boat construction and repair facility in Clatsop County, Oregon.


Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Expiration Date: March 7, 2019
Corps Reference: PM-F-Astoria Marine Construction-2019

15-Day Notice
This Public Notice announces the Section 408 review of the Astoria Marine Construction Company (AMCCO) project. Portland District is reviewing AMCCO’s proposal to conduct a state-led environmental cleanup project at their boat construction and repair facility. The proposed remedial action is required under a Consent Judgment with the State of Oregon to complete remedial activities specified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in the Record of Decision (ROD). The Site is located in the Clatsop County Diking District No. 5 (Diking District).

The proposed project is remediation of contamination that has resulted from past industrial operations at the site. The ROD, issued by the DEQ, requires removal of contamination hot spots, placement of an upland gravel cap and an in-water sand mixing layer (to enhance the natural recovery of sediment). The project has triggered the Natural Resources Damages Act because it is a deferral from the National Priorities List by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the DEQ. In addition, the site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Some portions of the project involve modifications to an existing civil works project that falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
The site is located at 92134 Front Road, Clatsop County, Oregon on the east bank of the Lewis and Clark River, near the mouth, east of the town of Warrenton. It is bounded by private property to the north and east, Jeffers Slough to the south, and the river to the west.

This proposed project could potentially modify a federal flood protection system (levee) and federally authorized navigation channel, the Columbia River, and therefore requires authorization from the Corps, pursuant to 33 USC 408 (Section 408). Section 408 provides authority to the Secretary of the Army to grant permission for the alteration or modification of Corps federally authorized project when, in the judgment of the Secretary, such alteration or modification will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the project.

Consideration of Comments: The Corps is soliciting comments specific to this project from the public, federal, state and local agencies and officials, and other interested parties. Comments will be part of the record, and considered in determining whether it would be in the public interest to proceed with this action. 

Comments: Interested parties may submit, in writing, any comments directed specifically to this proposal and not to other regulatory processes administered by the Corps or other government agencies pertaining to the AMCCO Project. Comments should refer to PM-F-Astoria Marine Construction-2019 and the date of this Public Notice, and be postmarked by the comment due date.

Comments must be sent to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District
ATTN: Mr. Eric V. Bluhm
333 SW 1st Ave.
Portland, OR 97204-3440


P.O. Box 2946
Portland Oregon 97208-2946.

Alternatively, comments can be sent electronically to:
Subject line MUST SAY: Public Notice PM-F-Astoria Marine Construction-2019.

For additional information, please call Mr. Eric V. Bluhm at (503) 808-4759. This public notice is issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.