Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

Guest column: Protect Oregon air quality

A s we continue to struggle with high health care costs personally and politically, the need grows to implement preventive strategies to preserve health. Source: Guest column: Protect Oregon air quality

What do Oregon’s new smoke rules mean for Deschutes County?

Rules will make it easier to complete burns near Bend, but you may see more smoke. Central Oregon fire managers are hopeful that looser statewide rules on smoke will make it easier to complete prescribed burns near Bend and other population centers, even if it means more smoke in town during the spring and fall. […]
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New rules go into effect governing smoke from controlled burns

As agencies prepare for the upcoming fire season by conducting controlled burns, new rules are going into effect surrounding the smoke they put off. In January, the new rules were adopted by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Source: New rules go into effect governing smoke from […]
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OSF plans for smoke

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is much more equipped to deal with wildfire smoke this year, according to new Acting Executive Director Paul Christy. He, along with General Manager Ted DeLong, presented a multifaceted plan to Ashland City Council on Monday night, with a focus on having an alternative for performances in the outdoor Elizabethan Theatre […]
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Portland family leaves Oregon because of air pollution

Dayna Jones moved to Portland with her family in 2015 to pursue a law degree at Lewis & Clark. Three years later she left because her toddler developed a breathing condition doctor’s say was related to Portland’s diesel pollution. Source: Oregonian – Portland family leaves Oregon because of air pollution

New prescribed burn smoke rules will do little to improve air quality

Recently the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules that relax air quality standards to permit more prescribed burning. The assumption behind the new standards is that greater prescribed burning in spring and fall will reduce smoke from wildfires in the summer. Source: New prescribed burn smoke rules will do little to improve air […]
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Oregon Approves New Air Quality Rules To Allow More Prescribed Fire 

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules Thursday that should make it easier to use prescribed burns to lessen overall wildfire risk. Source: Oregon Approves New Air Quality Rules To Allow More Prescribed Fire . News | OPB

Bullseye Glass Reaches $6.5 Million Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit

Bullseye Glass has announced a $6.5 million settlement with plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the Southeast Portland glass manufacturer, which was accused of emitting unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals into the air. Several people sued Bullseye in 2016 after raising concerns about the health of people living near the glass-making facility. Source: Bullseye Glass Reaches […]
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State and local officials warn of stagnant air, poor air quality in southern Willamette Valley forecast

The state on Friday issued an air quality advisory for the southern Willamette Valley and other parts of Oregon. An extended period of stagnant air is in the forecast and it will deteriorate air quality through early to mid-next week, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The advisory also covers portions of central […]
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‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters’

Smoke-filled summers mean Duane Christensen’s family can no longer live together in the Rogue Valley. His 22-year-old daughter, who has the lung disease cystic fibrosis, had to move away. “It’s been devastating for us as a family. We wish our daughter could live with us,” Christensen told Jackson County Commissioners during a public hearing about […]
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