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  • Message from the Director: Cleaner Diesel Means Cleaner Air

    The diesel engine powers the American economy, moving about 94 percent of the country’s freight. But we also know that diesel exhaust poses a serious health risk to many Oregonians - especially to minority and low-income communities. 

    However, the advent of cleaner technology, fostered by the adoption of strict emission standards for new engines, led to the development of remarkably low-emitting diesels that rival natural gas as the long-time hallmark of low emission engines. Clean diesel now means cleaner air. The remaining challenge is the durability of existing diesel engines. These engines have a long natural life and low turnover rate, which effectively postpones the time when we can truly call all diesels “clean”. 

    What is DEQ doing about it? For the past decade, DEQ engaged fleet partners to help them transition to low-emission technology by providing technical assistance and applying for grants.

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DEQ Office Locations, Hours and Closures

In April 2015, the DEQ’s Western Region office in Salem will move to a new location – 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive, Salem, OR. 97302. The target date for operating at the new location is Monday, April 6th, 2015.
This spring, DEQ's Northwest Region Office will move to a new location - the 700 Lloyd building at 700 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232. The target date for operating at the new location is May 18th, 2015. 
For notice of inclement weather closures at DEQ and statewide, check the Oregon State Office Closures page.
DEQ Northwest Region Office moving to a more energy-efficient building in NE Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Northwest Region office in downtown Portland is relocating to the 700 Lloyd Building at 700 NE Multnomah St. in Portland and will be open for business on Monday, May 18. The phone number, 503-229-5263, will remain the same. The office at the existing location, 2020 SW Fourth Ave., will close on Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

DEQ incorporated the following sustainable principles and design into the new office:

  • ·    Daylight controls on light fixtures to help save energy.
    ·    Workplace furniture and finishes aimed to improve indoor environmental quality.
    ·    Reclaimed wood products in conference rooms and the reception area.
    ·    Green janitorial practices and improved chemical management processes to reduce toxins in the workplace and support environmentally friendly cleaning product use.
DEQ’s Headquarters office, also in downtown Portland at 811 SW Sixth Ave., is scheduled to move to the 700 Lloyd Building at the end of 2016. Over the 15-year term of the lease, the consolidation of the two offices will result in approximately $7.6 million in cost savings for Oregon.
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