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ACTION ALERT! Speak Up for Clean Air

November 7, 2017 / Sarah Andrews / Uncategorized

Date: Nov. 7, 2017
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President;
Marilyn Koenitzer, LWVOR Air Quality Portfolio

League of Women Voters of Oregon
Speak Up for Clean Air

Since 1968, LWVOR has been a voice on behalf of air quality “…in support of Adequate standards for control of all sources of pollution and strict enforcement of established rules and regulations; A comprehensive, coordinated program for management of air as a natural resource; Adequate financing for air pollution abatement programs…”.

The Environmental Quality Commission is considering new draft regulations to address Oregon’s air quality. You can find complete materials at, including an updated rule guide to help explain each section of the proposal and draft tables for how the rules would be implemented among businesses. The draft rules are ready for comment now until December 22, 2017. YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED.

Action Needed: We need League members to testify either in writing or orally at one of six public hearings scheduled around the state. Two paragraphs, one about your story of how dirty air affects you and your family and a paragraph supporting strong air health and science based regulations would help get us cleaner air. If you feel comfortable, you can comment about specific sections of the draft rules and tables. But a voice for urgent implementation is needed.

Here are some important points you can make: The first chart in the Draft Rules Tables gives you important numbers for the amount of allowable emissions for various categories of emissions sources. In that chart, the allowable number of people per million that can die from cancer from toxic emission from existing factories has been increased from 10 person per million, the number in force in California, to 500 people per million. And the Hazard Index related to chronic non-cancer diseases for existing factories has increased from 1 to 30 for the new rules. We think these numbers are too high and not health-based.

The timeline to bring all companies under the Cleaner Air Oregon tent is too long. Only 80 of Oregon’s over 2,500 companies will be included in the first five years. The Department of Environmental Quality has not gotten enough funding to hire necessary personnel to enact the new rules or to finish a vital statewide emissions inventory. Cleaner Air Oregon cannot happen without funding and political will.

The League believes that progress has been made with this draft to cover areas of air quality that haven’t been regulated, but more needs to be done. The rules need to be grounded in science, informed by data and health-based. And the work needs to be funded in order to meet those standards.

Comment via email to Joe Westersund, DEQ @,
Comment online at the Cleaner Air Oregon website at

Attend one or more statewide public hearings listed below.

Hearing 1 – Medford
Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hearing 2 – Coos Bay
Thursday Nov. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hearing 3 – Corvallis
Monday Nov. 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hearing 4 – Pendleton
Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hearing 5 – Portland
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Hearing 6 – Portland
Saturday Dec. 2, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Koenitzer @ or LWVOR at

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