On April 6, 2016, Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. DEQ and OHA have begun a formal rulemaking process to engage the public in creating human health risk-based rules for industrial facilities, for consideration by the Environmental Quality Commission.
The advisory committee will assist in the rulemaking process by considering policy recommendations that are based on input from a technical workgroup (an appointed group made up of science, health and air toxics regulation experts), public policy forums, and the groups they represent. The advisory committee’s input will be used by DEQ and OHA in developing draft rules, which will then be proposed for broader public review and comment as part of DEQ’s rulemaking process. For more information on the committee, please see the Advisory Committee Charter