Tag Archives: Air Pollution

Hendrix fire prompts evacuations; air quality worsens

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices due to the lightning-sparked Hendrix fire southwest of Ashland that has grown to 550 acres. The evacuation notices affect 35 addresses near Hells Peak, southeast of Ruch. Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue teams began going door-to-door Wednesday to advise residents of the evacuations and provide information. Source: Hendrix […]
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Smoke at unhealthy levels in Klamath Basin

Smoke from regional wildfires has caused air quality to reach unhealthy levels in the Klamath Basin. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, smoke particles in Klamath Falls were recorded at more than 150 parts per million, considered unhealthy for all individuals. By Wednesday afternoon, smoke levels were down to 66 parts per million, however smoky air is […]
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New report highlights poor air quality in Oregon

Climatologists are raising the alarm about poor air quality across Oregon. The Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center released a new report Wednesday.It found the greater Portland area had the most “poor air quality” days in the state in 2016. Around Source: New report highlights poor air quality in Oregon

Portland air pollution authority not best way to clean the air: study

A new joint study from the city of Portland and Multnomah County throws cold water on the idea of creating a local air pollution district. Such an agency would take power away from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and no longer subject Portland, the city with Oregon’s dirtiest air, to the influence of conservative […]
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Report Examines Options For Cleaner Air In The Portland Metro Area

A new report examines a variety of ways the Portland metropolitan area can reduce toxic air pollution. Multnomah County leaders have been considering the idea of forming a local air authority since testing in 2016 revealed unregulated toxic air pollution coming from facilities making colored glass. Source: Report Examines Options For Cleaner Air In The Portland Metro […]
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Investigation probes health and environmental impacts from railroad tie plant in The Dalles

Blacks are more vulnerable to breathing creosote fumes because of genetic makeup, report notes. African-Americans are particularly vulnerable to air emissions from a railroad tie plant in The Dalles that preserves the ties with creosote, according to a new piece by freelance reporter Paul Koberstein in Cascadia Times, a Portland-based online environmental journal. Source: Pamplin […]
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State fines Wauna Mill for air pollution

The state Department of Environmental Quality fined Georgia-Pacific, operator of the Wauna Mill in eastern Clatsop County, $12,000 for releasing more pollution from its kraft pulp mill than is allowed in the facility’s air quality permit. Source: State fines Wauna Mill for air pollution – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Your shampoo, hair spray and skin lotion may be polluting the air

New research is spotlighting personal care products, such as shampoos and skin lotions, as a significant source of chemicals that contribute to urban air pollution. Millions of Americans apply personal care products every morning before heading to work or school. But these products don’t stick to our bodies permanently. Over the course of the day, […]
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Scientists to study local threat from diesel exhaust

EPA grants money to state for two-year study into known lethal air pollutant. Researchers from Portland State University and Reed College will study local diesel exhaust emissions with an eys to identifying neighborhoods most vulnerable to the air pollution. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Scientists to study local threat from diesel exhaust

EPA declines to test air downwind of lead smelter in British Columbia

The state of Washington will look for money to conduct air quality monitoring downwind of a Canadian smelter, after the federal government declined to restart the testing. Trail, British Columbia, is home to one of the world’s largest lead and zinc smelters and refineries. The community of Northport, Washington, is about 20 miles south of […]
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