Please note: the current Cleaner Air Oregon survey closed at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1st. The results from the public responses to these survey questions will be included in a public engagement report that will be distributed to the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee and posted on this site.
In our ongoing efforts to improve the information and engagement process within Cleaner Air Oregon, we have incorporated public feedback from the first two forums and have posted this updated forum content. The original version can be found here and we will report all the information gathered during the entire engagement process to the Advisory Committee and online.
Air Quality Overview
Before exploring the issues of developing a health risk based permitting program, here is a short air quality overview for context. Cleaner Air Oregon focuses on the local impacts of air toxics from industrial facilities, but it is helpful to understand the span of broader regulations and efforts to maintain healthy air.
For over 40 years, DEQ’s air quality program has been reducing air pollution and making Oregon safer. The agency has had great successes reducing pollution and restoring Oregon’s air to meet federal health standards.
Across the state DEQ’s air quality program has drastically reduced Smog also known as ozone pollution, carbon monoxide, fine particulate, and other types of pollution to better protect public health.
And we have much more to do:
Federal air quality standards for ozone and fine particulate have become even more protective in recent years as the understanding of the effect those pollutants have on health gets better.
Climate Change is a major challenge and creates the opportunity for DEQ to work with a wide variety of partners to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
The emissions of air toxics can be a significant risk to public health, and they are one of the most challenging and scientifically complex areas for air quality.
Our air quality science of monitoring and estimating emissions reveals more each day about air pollution in Oregon; and DEQ’s and OHA’s partnerships help focus public resources to be effective.
You can access the survey content below. Click ’next’ to begin the overview.