Cleaner Air Oregon

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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Legislature “did not have the votes” to fund Cleaner Air Oregon without changes

Legislature “did not have the votes” to fund Cleaner Air Oregon without changes By PAUL KOBERSTEIN The proposed Clean Air Oregon air toxics program would have died in the current session of the Oregon Legislature without major changes, according to Sen. Michael Dembrow, a Democrat from Northeast Portland who is chair of the Senate Environment

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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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ODOT May Nix Tubman Pollution Wall

ODOT May Nix Tubman Pollution Wall By Daniel Forbes In a recent meeting, two senior Oregon Department of Transportation engineers informed Portland Public Schools that any pollution-mitigation wall the school district might build below Harriet Tubman School to try to block some portion of the toxic emissions coming off Interstate-5 may not survive the highway’s

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Portland School Board Votes to Open Tubman Next August Pending Environmental Questions

Did DEQ Director Richard Whitman just help industry weaken Oregon’s air toxic rules? UPDATED (2/16) Will the new Cleaner Air Oregon program die on the vine even before it goes into effect? And if so, many Oregonians are wondering whether DEQ Director Richard Whitman helped do it in. By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Whitman acknowledges that he helped

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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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