Cleaner Air Oregon

Examining ESCO’s ‘no harm’ Claims

Examining ESCO’s ‘no harm’ Claims By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Carter Webb, manager of safety and environment for ESCO Inc., the corporation that owns two steel foundries at the northern edge of the Northwest neighborhood, acknowledges that his company’s air emissions have created some enemies as well as some alleged misery among its neighbors. “We’re the focus …

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Aberdeen: Sierra Pacific’s Polluted Prison

Aberdeen: Sierra Pacific’s Polluted Prison By John Williams When Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) opened a new lumber mill across the road from Steve Wycoff’s metal shop in Aberdeen, Washington, Steve hoped the new jobs might help turn the local economy around.  But instead SPI turned Steve’s cozy metal shop, where he’d worked for 15 years, …

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ESCO Fills Portland Air WIth Carcinogens

ESCO Fills Portland Air WIth Carcinogens By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Portland has worked hard at building a reputation as a sustainable community, and people around the world have taken notice. In 2008, the online eco-magazine Grist ranked Portland as the second most sustainable city on the planet, behind Reykjavik, Iceland. This lofty ranking is not just …

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Portland: One of the worst 15 places to breathe in America

Portland: One of the worst 15 places to breathe in America More bad air news for Portland. The cancer risk for breathing in Portland is 7th worst in the nation, out of 3,000 counties. Only in New York and Southern California is the air more carcinogenic. The risk is small, but very real. Portland’s air …

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THE AIR WE BREATHE: Dangerous contaminants hover over the city

THE AIR WE BREATHE: Dangerous contaminants hover over the city On a hazy summer day, sometimes you can see toxic substances in Portland’s air. In some neighborhoods throughout the year, you can smell them. Some Northwest Portland residents report they can even taste the metallic tinge that toxics leave on the palate, and they stay …

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New DEQ Air Toxic Rules Would Allow Disturbing Emissions of Carcinogenic Chromium

New DEQ Air Toxic Rules Would Allow Disturbing Emissions of Carcinogenic Chromium By Daniel Forbes Change continues apace at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. On the heels of receiving a clarifying letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass actually do fall under existing federal regulation, [See Portland Mercury, here] …

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Industry objects to toxic-air rules

Associated Oregon Industries creates group to weaken tough new rules emerging from governor’s Cleaner Air Oregon project By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Oregonians for Fair Air Regulations, newly formed by the Associated Oregon Industries business lobby, is calling for only narrowly focused changes in state air pollution rules in response to “last year’s discovery of harmful emissions …

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DEQ draft rules grapple with toxic air pollution

DEQ officials say the program attempts to inventory all toxic emissions in the state and rein them in By PAUL KOBERSTEIN By now, many Portlanders have grown accustomed to the fact that their air can make them sick. Toxic air pollution has been an unhappy part of Portlanders’ lives for decades, but the state’s environmental …

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Citizens, industry at odds over new air toxic rules

Citizens, industry at odds over new air toxic rules By PAUL KOBERSTEIN 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 …

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