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Rumble on the River Community Forum
Rumble on the River Community Forum

Wed, Jun 26


Multnomah Building, Boardroom 100

Rumble on the River Community Forum

RUMBLE ON THE RIVER Community Forum #16 "Risk Bonds – So We Don't Pay For An Industrial Disaster"

Time & Location

Jun 26, 2024, 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Multnomah Building, Boardroom 100, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA

About the event

Risk bonds will hold fossil fuel and chemical companies accountable. This is a proactive "Polluter Pays" plan. The costs of disasters are often "externalized" to the public. Bonding will cover those risks. They can require financial responsibility for all industrial disasters. This may encourage safety improvements and removal of

hazardous structures. Multnomah County is on the verge of taking risk bonding action.

Read more about risk bonds here.


  • Mary King – Retired Economist with Risky Business
  • Sharon Meieran – Multnomah County Commissioner, District #1
  • Melanie Plaut M.D. – Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Risky Business
  • John Talberth – Center for Sustainable Economy, Founder, President and Senior Economist
  • Chris Voss – Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Director
  • John Wasiutynski – Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, Director

Since late 2022, Rumble On The River has presented fifteen free community forums in neighborhoods throughout Portland. The prevailing Rumble focus has been the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub. Rumbles bring together expert voices to lay out the potential hazards of having 90% of Oregon’s fuel and a mix of toxics stored within Portland’s city limits on a seismic liquefaction zone. Other forum topics have included Columbia & Willamette River ecosystems, false climate solutions to climate disruption, transportation, urban forestry, shade equity and salmon restoration.

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