Tag Archives: DEQ

Officials ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Portland Harbor Cleanup After EPA Meeting

A high-ranking EPA official visited Portland to meet with state and local leaders interested in understanding what it means to have the Portland Harbor Superfund Site targeted for immediate attention. Superfund Task Force Chair Albert “Kell” Kelly met with many people interested in understanding what it means to have the Portland Harbor Superfund identified as one of 21 sites […]
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Sheridan wood-preserving plant again fined for water pollution

A Washington company has been fined a second time for discharging pentachlorophenol into the South Yamhill River above permitted levels at its Sheridan wood preserving facility. The chemical is toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Source: Sheridan wood-preserving plant again fined for water pollution

Citizens, industry at odds over new air toxic rules

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new Cleaner Air Oregon program doesn’t go far enough to protect the health of people who live near industries that emit toxic air pollution, several Portland residents told the DEQ at a public hearing on the program last week. Source: Citizens, industry at odds over new air toxic rules

Big costs, few benefits seen in Cleaner Air plan

DEQ falls short in protecting residents’ health, some charge are recent hearing. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new Cleaner Air Oregon program doesn’t go far enough to protect the health of people who live near industries that emit toxic air pollution, several Portland residents told the DEQ at a public hearing on the program […]
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Rethinking ‘Smoky Bear’

On Labor Day weekend, the Eagle Creek fire began burning its way through 49,000 acres of forest in the Columbia River Gorge. Although the fire torched a remote area, it threatened urban dwellers 50 miles away as it discharged thick clouds of smoke toward Portland that lingered for days. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality […]
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Air stagnation descends on Eugene-Springfield area

The season’s first air stagnation is descending on the Eugene-Springfield area, and it looks to last for days, fouling the air with a buildup of wood-stove smoke. The central Lane County weather is expected to be cold, calm and rain-free at least through Monday, with nighttime lows below freezing and daytime highs in the low […]
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Vigor Industrial looks for opportunity in cap and trade

Some companies hear “cap and trade” and think “higher costs.” Vigor Industrial gets that, but instead of fighting the climate policy, which the Oregon Legislature is set to debate in February, the Portland-based ship fabrication and repair company is focusing on the opportunities it could offer. Source:  Vigor Industrial looks for opportunity in cap and […]
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Portlanders Weigh In On Oregon’s New Air Pollution Rules

At a hearing in Portland Wednesday, Oregon environmental regulators took questions and comments on the new statewide air pollution rules they’re proposing. The rules would limit the total health risk polluters can impose on their neighbors. In the first five years, they would target 80 yet-to-be identified polluters that pose the highest health risks and bring them […]
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Food processors air grievances at Cleaner Air Oregon

While few people attended Tuesday’s public hearing in Pendleton about proposed regulations for industrial air polluters, one industry in particular was on hand to express its displeasure with Cleaner Air Oregon: food processing. According to the state employment department, food processing makes up 6 percent of overall employment in Umatilla County and a whopping 28 […]
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Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

The Pacific Northwest is already feeling the impact of China’s planned restrictions on waste imports as recycling heads to landfills. Source: Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash