Tag Archives: Air Pollution

Four Oregon cities among nation’s worst for air pollution

Four Oregon metro areas are among the 50 worst nationwide for air pollution spikes, a new report from American Lung Association finds. Eugene ranks 24th for short-term particle pollution — spikes lasting hours to days that increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease. Source: Four Oregon cities among nation’s worst for air […]
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DEQ cites Portland scrap yard where 5-alarm fire broke out 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality cited a Northeast Portland auto scrap yard where a five-alarm fire broke out earlier this month, saying the business stored more than 1,500 tires with no permit and allowed car oil to mix with rainwater and drain into underground dry wells. Source: DEQ cites Portland scrap yard where 5-alarm fire […]
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E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.

Why Oregon’s new clean air law may not clean the air

Oregon’s new clean air law will give Oregonians an unprecedented wealth of information about the health risks that factories create by releasing toxic air pollution. Yet many factories won’t have to reduce their emissions under the highly touted new law, an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive has found. Source: Why Oregon’s new clean air law may […]
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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

As dense smoke from wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it. Ellen Leahy, the health officer in charge of the Missoula […]
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Oakridge clearing the air | Opinion |

City is making progress in reducing smoke pollution. Air pollution is often thought of as an urban problem. But Lane County’s most stubborn air quality problem is found in Oakridge, a city of 3,250 nestled in what ought to be a relatively pristine environment. Oakridge has struggled to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tightening […]
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EPA says Oakridge is clearing the air, thanks to efforts by residents and officials

Ongoing efforts to clear the air in Oakridge are having tangible results, say local and federal air quality officials. Wintertime woodsmoke has been the persistent air quality problem in Oakridge for years. The town about 40 miles southeast of Eugene has been the only Lane County community that has failed to meet federal air quality […]
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Dembrow Cheers Bill to Regulate Air Pollution for Public Health

Senate Bill 1541 salvages the Cleaner Air Oregon program, allowing for a compromise on health standards from what an advisory committee proposed, but still far beyond what is currently in place and stricter than Oregon’s neighbors. The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill that will put tough public health standards in place for air polluters, […]
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Oregon Senate OKs clean air legislation

The Senate is moving forward with a bipartisan bill that supporters say would put Oregon in a leadership role in addressing air pollution. Source: Oregon Senate OKs clean air legislation – KTVZ

Loophole in Oregon’s toxic air plan divides environmental groups

Many of Oregon’s existing air polluters would be allowed to create up to a 200-in-a-million cancer risk under a compromise toxic air plan moving forward in the Legislature, a new analysis by an influential environmental attorney says. It’s enough of a deal-breaker that seven environmental groups say they’re opposing the bill. Source: Loophole in Oregon’s […]
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