Tag Archives: Air Pollution

Human Health Put At Risk In Oregon By Air Pollution Permit Backlog: Audit

A backlog of outdated air pollution permits is endangering public health and frustrating business owners, according to a newly released audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. About 40 percent of air quality permits for major industrial sources of pollution are overdue for renewal by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, according to the […]
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Study Estimates Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Thousands Of Deaths Each Year

The wildfires that burned through the Pacific Northwest this past summer caused hazy skies throughout Washington and Oregon. Air pollution from tiny particles released by fire is a known health hazard. New research from Colorado State University is trying to quantify the effect on human health. Source: Study Estimates Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Thousands Of Deaths […]
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State extends deadline for comment on proposed Cleaner Air Oregon rules

Oregon air regulators have extended the deadline for public comment on proposed stricter air pollution rules. The state Department of Environmental Quality ­announced this week that it will take comment on its Cleaner Air Oregon plan ­until Jan. 22, a month past the original deadline. Source: State extends deadline for comment on proposed Cleaner Air […]
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released information on November 1st on greenhouse gas emissions from all Oregon facilities with an air quality permit. It shows that the Covanta Marion garbage incinerator just north of Salem is in the top twenty for GHG pollution in Oregon and #1, by far, in Marion County. Source: COVANTA […]
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Smoke from wildfires may be surprisingly deadly, scientists report

The culprit appears to be small particles released by combustion, researchers say. As firefighters continue to battle California’s devastating Thomas Fire — now the fourth-largest in state history — a group of scientists presented new results suggesting that air pollution from such massive blazes may be one of their deadliest consequences. Source: Smoke from wildfires may be surprisingly […]
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Open Letter About Bullseye Glass – Guest Opinion

Citizens rely on the DEQ to put people over short-term profits. For the public good, I implore the DEQ to go beyond the draft rules of Cleaner Air Oregon: Monitor mobile sources of air toxics such as diesel particulate in the cumulative risk assessments. Regulate existing sources with the same stringency as new sources. Hire […]
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Wood products workers voice concerns about state’s Cleaner Air Oregon plan

Pollution proposal prompts criticism by businesses What started with the surprising discovery in Portland of previously undetected toxic chemicals in the air, released by art glassmakers, likely will lead to more stringent air pollution rules and testing statewide. Source: Wood products workers voice concerns about state’s Cleaner Air Oregon plan

Particulate Pollution | Homeless Students – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Portland Public School Board has voted to reopen Harriet Tubman Middle School to serve North and Northeast Portland. But that’s pending an environmental review, and that might be difficult for a building that sits 20 feet from Interstate 5. Journalist Daniel Forbes fills us in. A recent report from the Oregon Department of Education shows the number […]
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Bullseye Glass sues Gov. Brown over 2016 environmental crackdown

Bullseye Glass, a Southeast Portland art glass maker under fire for its environmental record, claims state officials acted unfairly when they moved against the company. Source: Bullseye Glass sues Gov. Brown over 2016 environmental crackdown

Bullseye Glass Sues Oregon Governor, Regulatory Agencies

The company’s lawsuit claims Oregon regulators inappropriately targeted the art glass maker. Source: Bullseye Glass Sues Oregon Governor, Regulatory Agencies