Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

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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A little smoke now is a small price to pay

With the advent of cold, wet weather, smoke plumes began appearing in the nearby hills, especially above Ashland. Predictably, some residents are complaining about that, especially if they can smell smoke in town. Prescribed burning of slash piles occurs every fall and spring — the “shoulder seasons” between the summer fire season and the winter. […]
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Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Source: Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Among the plethora of financial issues addressed during […]
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School sours on stench of hemp

For several weeks, a neighbor’s skunky smell filled the air, and students at Oak Grove Elementary complained that their heads hurt and they felt nauseated. Staff, too, were not pleased. They said the odor followed them to their vehicles and homes. From September through October, people at Oak Grove said, they were constantly aware that […]
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School may have little say over hemp

The aroma from ripening hemp crops next to a Medford elementary school is unfortunate for students and staff, but there is probably little the school district can do about it beyond taking steps to filter indoor air. From September through October, students at Oak Grove Elementary School complained of headaches from the odor of a […]
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