Articles by Paul Koberstein

Johnson Creek has a PCB problem

Three Oregon Department of Environmental Quality studies conducted from 2005 to 2014 found steadily increasing levels of contamination in the urban creek, and the highest levels were found in a 150-foot segment near a titanuim…


Dirty secrets in abandoned SE Portland landfill

Just south of Johnson Creek sits an abandoned landfill that time, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, forgot. Built in 1950 before modern landfill regulations were written, the dump at 7600 S.E. Johnson Creek…


When it Comes to GMOs, the Devil is in the Details

Unresolved safety questions about gene-editing technologies underscore need for caution (Originally published in Earth Island Journal) By Paul Koberstein While expressing support for the watered-down GMO labeling bill, which was passed by Congress last week and…



Slideshow of Oregon Oil Train Derailment

  Robin Klein’s photos of the Union Pacific oil train that derailded in the Columbia River Gorge. They show the four cars that were breached, spilling oil and igniting in flames. So far crews have removed hundreds…



Angry crowd confronts Precision Castparts

At an unusual community meeting last week with about 250 nearby residents, managers of the Precision Castparts factory in Southeast Portland received a welcome that ranged from boisterous to outright hostility. “On behalf of the…