Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

Since You Asked: Air quality data should start reappearing

A: Why has the air quality index in the Mail Tribune read 0 for the last few weeks? Surely Medford’s air has not been perfect for weeks. A: No.But some good news: It’s been at “good” levels since at least the beginning of the month. The reason it hasn’t been making it into our paper, […]
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The hypocrisy behind Oregon’s new air-quality law (Guest opinion)

There is widespread agreement that Oregon must do more to curb its toxic air emissions. But important lessons should be learned from the state’s treatment of Bullseye Glass in 2016 after the community raised concerns about emissions from our glass factory. Despite our small company’s decades of compliance with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regulations […]
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Lost Valley mega-dairy allowed by state officials to tap restricted aquifier

A year after it opened, Oregon’s second-largest dairy has not secured rights to the nearly 1 million gallons of water per day it needs for its thousands of cows and to process milk. Instead, Lost Valley Farm near Boardman moved ahead without the necessary permits, using a loophole in Oregon law to pull water out of an underground aquifer that’s been off […]
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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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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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Weakening bill puts Oregonians’ health at risk

A battle for the health of children versus the profits of toxin-emitting industries is currently underway in the Oregon Legislature around Senate Bill 1541. During the past two years, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority have worked with community volunteers, numerous medical and toxicology experts, and industry representatives to craft Oregon‘s […]
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Company That Emitted 6 Tons Of Ammonia Near St. Helens Pleads Guilty

An industrial mining explosives manufacturing company pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday for failing to notify authorities of the release of 13,000 pounds (6.6 tons) of ammonia into the air at its St. Helens plant. Salt Lake City-based Dyno Nobel Inc. faces a maximum fine of $500,000 and up to five years probation for violating environmental […]
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Put Oregonians’ health first; pass cap-and-trade legislation

With the new federal corporate tax cuts now in effect, the Oregon Legislature should seize the opportunity this short session to protect the state’s clean air and grow good-paying, clean-energy jobs. Big polluters may pay more but most of them will now have the capital to make investments. Source: Put Oregonians’ health first; pass cap-and-trade legislation

Refinery stench lingers, despite new pollution control equipment

New thermal oxidizers ordered by DEQ didn’t halt complaints about plant, as foul odors still waft into Portland Expo Center across the street. After 17 years of complaints, horrific odors traced to a North Portland refinery that recycles used oil have not gone away, despite its recent installation of air-pollution control equipment. Source: Refinery stench […]
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