Portland may repay sewer ratepayers for cleanup

Portland may repay sewer ratepayers for cleanup

The city's sewer customers could be reimbursed once the Superfund work moves forward.

Portland sewer customers have shelled out money via their utility bills for 13 years to cover city spending for federal Superfund work on the Willamette — though the sewers had little to do with the toxic sediment contaminating the river.

The city’s Superfund expenditures — topping $52 million — were one of the big-ticket items cited by critics who sued the city in 2011 and accused city commissioners of using water and sewer rates as a “slush fund” for unrelated projects.

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