Hazards and Cleanup

Purpose

The Department of Environmental Quality appointed an Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advice to the DEQ in administering statutes relating to the Dry Cleaner Program. The purposes of the Dry Cleaner Program are to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the cleanup of contamination resulting from dry cleaning facilities and by preventing future releases of dry cleaning solvent to the environment, and to exempt dry cleaning owners and dry cleaning operators from cleanup liability.

Authority

The Oregon Legislature in ORS 465.507 directed the Department of Environmental Quality to appoint an advisory group to meet periodically and advise the DEQ regarding the implementation of the Dry Cleaner Program.

Mission

The Advisory Committee's mission is to assist the Department of Environmental Quality regarding:

  • methods and standards for removal and remedial actions at dry cleaning facilities;
  • waste minimization and other requirements for dry cleaning facilities;
  • the Department of Environmental Quality's use of the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Account;
  • the adequacy of revenue generated by fees for meeting the costs of removal and remedial actions at dry cleaning facilities; and
  • ultimate cost of cleaning up contaminated dry cleaning facilities
  • prioritizing contaminated dry cleaning facilities
  • reducing administrative costs;
  • other matters pertinent to the purposes of ORS 465.500 to 465.545

Committee members

The Committee consists of professionals and experts with a broad range of experience and training in dry cleaning and related environmental and public policy issues. Representatives from the following groups have been included:

  • Dry cleaning operators;
  • Dry cleaning property owners;
  • Dry cleaning industry members other than owners and operators;
  • Citizens;
  • Environmental organizations; and
  • Local governments.
  • Jim Kincaid, Chair, Cable Huston LLP
    1001 SW 5th Ave, Ste. 2000
    Portland, Oregon 97204
    Phone: 503-224-3092
  • Brad Berggren, PNG Environmental, Inc.
    6665 SW Hampton St., Suite 101
    Tigard, Oregon 97223
    Phone: 503-620-2387
  • Kathey Butters, Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    803 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
    Phone: 503-227-0242
  • Gary Campbell, Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    1120 NW 9th St.
    Corvallis, Oregon 97330
    Phone: 541-752-3794
  • Earl Eckstrom, Earl Eckstrom, Fabricare Equipment, Inc.
    PO Box 12785
    Salem, Oregon 97309
    Phone: 503-763-0000
  • James Gengler, City of Salem
    1758 22nd St. SE
    Salem, Oregon 97302
    Phone: 503-588-6063 x7854
  • Tae-Hwan Kim,  Vanity Cleaners
    1954 NE Hwy 101
    Lincoln City, OR 97367
    Phone: 541-994-3808
  • Guy Tanz, PNG Environmental, Inc.
    6665 SW Hampton St., Suite 101
    Tigard, Oregon 97223
    Phone: 503-620-2387
  • Allan Wright, Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    140 NE 19th St
    McMinnville, Oregon 97128-2610
    Phone: 503-472-0818
  • Peter Yoo, Korean American Dry Cleaners Assoc.
    11350 NE Halsey St.
    Portland, Oregon 97220
    Phone: 503-254-3588
  • Steve Young, Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    803 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, Oregon 97209
    Phone: 503-799-1763
  • Sam Kim, Korean American Dry Cleaners Assoc.
    115532 SW Pacific Hwy C-2
    Tigard, Oregon 97224
    Phone: 503-968-6580

Committee meetings

Agendas and minutes from advisory committee meetings are sent to interested parties. To get on the interested parties list, contact Ed Patnode  503-226-6783 or toll free within Oregon 800-452-4011 x6783.

The Department of Environmental Quality appointed an Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advice to the DEQ in administering statutes relating to the Dry Cleaner Program. The purposes of the Dry Cleaner Program are to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the cleanup of contamination resulting from dry cleaning facilities and by preventing future releases of dry cleaning solvent to the environment, and to exempt dry cleaning owners and dry cleaning operators from cleanup liability.

Next Meeting:

Date and time to be announced later

Previous Meetings:
April 13, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
March 30, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
Jan. 29, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
Dec. 16, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
Sept. 30, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
April 15, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
 
Meetings are open to the public. To be notified of upcoming meetings by email, join the Dry Cleaner Program's interested parties list. Contact Ed Patnode 503-229-6783 or, toll free within Oregon, 800-452-4011 x6783.

Staffing and support

The Department of Environmental Quality provides Advisory Committee members with appropriate materials and background information to carry out their duties.