At approximately 2200 PDT on Sunday, 14 May 2017, a fire broke out at a warehouse in North Portland, 1300 North River Road. https://response.epa.gov/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=12205
The warehouse is located on the northern bank of the Willamette River and is constructed on wood pilings partly over the river. No one was injured in the fire.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
conducted an preliminary assessment of the warehouse and nearby properties on Monday 15 May 2017 and determined that the roofing paper contains 90% chrysotile asbestos
. The roofing paper is significantly deteriorated and friable when touched. ODEQ has requested EPA assistance in conducting air monitoring, surveying the area for debris, and addressing mixed asbestos contamination at the warehouse and the debris deposited in the residential area across the river.
September 2017, AAC mobilized onsite to work with EQM to install a temporary work/access trestle to safely remove the damaged wharf and perfrom cleanup efforts.