Oregon DEQ holds public hearing on proposed new air quality rules in The Dalles Thursday Dec 14

State air quality regulators and health experts will hold informational meetings and hearings on draft Cleaner Air Oregon rules. The last meeting will be at The Dalles: Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Columbia Gorge Community College – The Dalles campus, 400 East Scenic Drive. Below is the announcement from DEQ and there is a link to  further information at the bottom of the page.

DEQ invites public input on the proposed Cleaner Air Oregon program concept and rulemaking, including comment on the proposed permanent rules and rule amendments to chapter 340 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

Background

On April 6, 2016, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to develop a health risk-based air toxics permitting program.
This action was triggered by:
● Regulatory gaps in current rules that allowed for significant localized health risks
from industrial and commercial emissions
● The need for a systematic way to understand and reduce the risk that industrial
and commercial air toxics pose to people who live, work or learn nearby in a
practical, predictable and implementable manner.
Cleaner Air Oregon aims to:
● Collect accurate and timely information about air toxics emissions from industrial
and commercial facilities; and,
● Provide predictable and science-based regulations to control industrial and
commercial air toxics emissions to protect public health, focusing on areas and
facilities that may pose the highest risk to human health
● Provide DEQ and OHA (the agencies) additional resources to fully implement the
program, as described in the proposed rules. DEQ intends to propose a fee
schedule to cover the costs of implementing the program.

DEQ proposal

In this proposed new program and rulemaking, DEQ proposes to add a new division, division 245, to the existing OAR chapter 340. DEQ is also proposing to make changes to OAR 340 divisions 12, 200, 209, 210, 216, 218, 220, 244, and 246. The proposed amendment of Oregon Administrative Rule 340-200-0040 would incorporate nonsubstantive changes to existing rules into the Oregon Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan. The non-substantive rule changes are the result of making sure Cleaner Air Oregon rules mesh with existing rules.
More information
Additional information about this rulemaking is on DEQ’s rulemaking web page:
LINK