Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee meets February 2 in Salem
Portland, OR—The Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee will hold its third meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Salem to continue addressing Oregon’s industrial air toxics regulatory reform. The committee’s role is to provide advice to state regulators and health experts on more than twenty policy decisions as the agencies re-write state air toxics regulations to incorporate standards that better protect human health
The advisory committee will hear technical briefings and provide input on key topics in the regulatory overhaul, including:
- Screening and risk assessment, including where cumulative risks should be included in an air toxics permitting program.
- Implementation of air toxics permitting program to ensure health air quality for all of Oregon’s communities.
- Options for rules to consider impacts to sensitive populations, such as children and the elderly, people with low income, and communities of color..
The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality formed the advisory committee as part of the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative Governor Kate Brown announced on April 6, 2016.
The advisory committee meeting scheduled on Dec. 8 in Portland was cancelled due to inclement weather. An additional meeting has been scheduled on June 7. To ensure that adequate time is provided to collect and consider necessary data and public input, the proposed air toxics regulations are expected to be presented to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission in early 2018 instead of December 2017.
Updated advisory committee meeting schedule:
Meeting 3: February 2, 2017, Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE
Meeting 4: April 4, 2017, Mid-Willamette Valley
Meeting 5: May 23, Portland
Meeting 6: June 7, Portland
For more information, visit:
DEQ Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee and Rulemaking webpage: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Regulations/rulemaking/Pages/Rcleanerair2017.aspx
Cleaner Air Oregon website: http://cleanerair.oregon.gov/
Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform Timeline (updated Jan. 2017): http://cleanerair.oregon.gov/regulatory-reform/timeline/