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  • Protecting the Environment in Central and Eastern Oregon
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    DEQ's Eastern Region encompasses 18 counties of Central and Eastern Oregon (Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler).

    Offices in Eastern Region issue air and water permits that limit the amount of pollution that industry or municipal sewage treatment plants can discharge to the environment.
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EQC Approves Proposal to Allow 2020 Shutdown of PGE Boardman
PGE Boardman plant
The EQC adopted DEQ's proposed pollution control plan for PGE Boardman that included the company's commitment to close in 2020. Boardman is Oregon's only coal-fueled power plant and the largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. DEQ's plan calls for PGE to install equipment that will reduce haze-forming emissions and also allow the company to close the plant before 2020 if it chooses. Visit the PGE Boardman page for links to the recommendations in the EQC staff report.
Title V Permit
PGE operates under a Title V Permit. The Oregon Title V Operating Permit Program places greater responsibilities on the source of air pollution. When a business applies for a permit, it is required to supply the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with all the information necessary to draft a permit. After the permit is issued, the permitted source has a responsibility to monitor its compliance with requirements of the permit and to keep detailed records and reports. DEQ's role is to evaluate the information provided by the business, issue the permit and make periodic compliance determinations through inspections and review of reports and records and take enforcement action when appropriate.
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