Category Archives: Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees

Sen. Betsy Johnson writes that she will encourage her fellow legislators to turn down an expected request from DEQ to increase its vehicle emission fees, saying the agency has not adequately shown it is pursuing the most cost-effective way of offering the service to Oregonians. Source: Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees – […]
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Rain Could Help Poor Air Quality In Oregon, Southwest Washington

Poor air quality is continuing in much of Oregon and southwest Washington, but more rain in the forecast could improve that. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory earlier this week that has been extended until at least Tuesday. Source: Rain Could Help Poor Air Quality In Oregon, Southwest Washington . News | OPB

Air Quality Advisory Extended For Pacific Northwest Area

An air quality advisory for much of Oregon and southwest Washington that was initially expected to last only through Tuesday night, has now been extended Source: Air Quality Advisory Extended For Pacific Northwest Area | Jefferson Public Radio

DEQ: Region’s stagnant air expected to hang around

State advisory was issued because air conditions have trapped wood smoke near the ground. State officials have extended a Portland-area air quality advisory until Tuesday, Nov. 12. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday, Nov. 6, that the region’s air could be stagnant for several days. Source: Pamplin Media Group – DEQ: Region’s stagnant air […]
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‘RED’ advisory barring visible smoke from chimneys extended in Eugene/Springfield

EUGENE, Ore. – The RED home wood heating advisory issued Monday for Eugene and Springfield has been extended until at least 4 p. m. Wednesday. Conditions have improved in Oakridge, where the RED advisory will expire at 4 p. m. and be replaced with a YELLOW advisory urging caution. Source: ‘RED’ advisory barring visible smoke […]
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DEQ: Stagnant air hangs over region

State advisory was issued Monday because air conditions have trapped wood smoke near the ground. Source: DEQ: Stagnant air hangs over region

Proposed subdivision on former mine could set precedent

Neighbors, environmental advocates fear increased development along Deschutes River. Denser development along the Deschutes River could be the new norm if the Deschutes County Commission allows a subdivision to move forward on the site of a former mine in Terrebonne, opponents of the project fear. Source: Proposed subdivision on former mine could set precedent; Neighbors, […]
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Poor air quality advisory issued throughout northwest Oregon

The poor air quality advisory was issued Sunday and will be in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday in lower elevations throughout northwest Oregon. Source: Poor air quality advisory issued throughout northwest Oregon

Wood treatment plant in west Eugene agrees to more cleanup

State regulators have finalized the cleanup plan for a wood treatment business in west Eugene.JH Baxter & Co. has agreed to take numerous additional steps to reduce the health risk stemming from soil and groundwater contamination at its 31-acre site on Roosevelt Boulevard. The company has treated wood at the site with toxic chemicals since […]
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DEQ announces cleanup plan for J.H. Baxter plant in Eugene

The announcement comes after some Eugene residents reported a mysterious odor earlier this month that Lane Regional Air Protection Agency officials said was traced back to the wood treatment plant. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has finalized a cleanup plan for contamination at the J.H. Baxter & Co. wood treatment plant in Eugene. State […]
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