Rulemaking

Proposed rulemaking 

Joe Westersund, 503-229-6403

 
On April 6, 2016, Governor Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to overhaul industrial air toxics regulations.  DEQ and OHA have begun a rulemaking process to propose human health risk based rules for industrial facilities to the Environmental Quality Commission.
 
 
Contact: Joe Westersund, 503-229-6403
Background
 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority are holding six advisory committee meetings between October 2016 and June 2017. The advisory committee is part of the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative Governor Kate Brown announced on April 6, 2016. As part of the initiative, the agencies have begun a formal rulemaking process to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. Input from the advisory committee and the public are an essential part of the rulemaking process
 
Advisory Committee members will evaluate input solicited in a series of regional public policy forums that took place in different parts of the state in September and October. The committee will also evaluate input from a technical workgroup, which met in June and July. Their discussions will inform policy decisions and the development of draft regulations. DEQ and OHA will ask for input from each committee member and reflect the committee’s overall level of support for the different components of the Cleaner Air Oregon draft regulations. The draft regulations will then be proposed for broader public review and comment as part of DEQ’s rulemaking process. For more information on the committee, please see the Advisory Committee Charter.
 
For the list of who will be serving on the Advisory Committee, please see the Advisory Committee Roster.
To view information and comments submitted to the Advisory Committee, please see: Public Submittals.

Advisory Committee Selection Process
 

The advisory committee selection process was designed to reflect the range of stakeholders who will be affected by implementation of a new air toxics permitting program. DEQ and OHA identified 14 committee seats, which were filled by nominees from stakeholder organizations. An additional 10 seats were created based on input received from the public during a comment period that was open between May and July. For information on what input was requested, please refer to this document: Cleaner Air Oregon: Request for Input on Advisory Committee Positions.

A total of 41 applications were received for the following 10 seats established in response to public input:

  • Physicians association or healthcare advocacy organization
  • Professional health association
  • Neighborhood-level community based group (Preference will be given to groups willing to represent multiple geographic community-based coalitions.)*
  • Neighborhood-level community based group (Preference will be given to groups willing to represent multiple geographic community-based coalitions.)*
  • Business owner of a small business with fewer than 50 employees*
  • Business owner of a small business with fewer than 50 employees*
  • Business owner of a large business with more than 50 employees*
  • An industry union representative
  • An engineer or individual with experience in pollution control technology for air toxics
  • An academic with expertise relevant to this rulemaking
 
Each of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized tribes also has the opportunity to designate an additional committee member.
 
Additionally, agency directors appointed two co-chairs to the advisory committee: Jackie Dingfelder and Claudia Powers. The role of the co-chairs is to implement a process that focuses the committee on intended outcomes and ensures all perspectives are considered and provides transparency.
 

Upcoming Meetings

The Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet two more times on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Portland
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Portland
The meeting duration times above may vary depending on topics and committee progress​.

Meeting Call-In Number: 888-278-0296 | Participant Code: 8040259
Webinar link: https://connect9.uc.att.com/service32/meet/?ExEventID=8804025

Past Meetings

Meeting 4 - April 4, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
418 A Street
Springfield, OR 97477 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Meeting Materials:
Presentations:
Meeting 3 - Feb. 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Meeting 2
Presentations:
Meeting 1
Oct. 18, 2016
Agenda | Notes
 
Meeting materials:
Presentations:
​Contact:
Joe Westersund, 503-229-6403
 
On April 6, 2016, Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. DEQ and OHA have begun a formal rulemaking process to engage the public in creating human health risk-based rules for industrial facilities, for consideration by the EQC.
 
DEQ and OHA convened a technical workgroup in June and July of 2016 to contribute to this rulemaking effort. The workgroup discussed and provided an evaluation of human health risk-based air toxics programs for industrial facilities in other states, and discussed and evaluated key technical issues.
 
All workgroup meetings were open to the public with time scheduled for public comment. Meeting agendas, notes, presentations, recodrings and other materials are posted to this page, and accessible through the Cleaner Air Oregon website. Meeting notifications were sent out ahead of time to those who signed up to receive updates through GovDelivery, as well as on DEQ’s Facebook/Twitter account.
 
The workgroup was not a decision-making body. It was tasked with providing focused and specific input to help DEQ prepare policy issues for discussion at public policy forums and advisorycommittee meetings in the fall of 2016.
 
Final Report
 

Technical Issue Papers
 
Meetings
Meeting 1 
June 29, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Agenda  |  Notes  |  Audio
 
Presentations
 
Meeting 2 
June 30, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Agenda  |  Notes  |  Audio
 
Meeting 3
July 27, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Agenda  |  Notes  |  Audio
 
Meeting 4
July 28, 2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Agenda  |  Notes  |  Audio
 
Presentations

The Technical Workgroup Meetings are open to the public. DEQ publishes meeting notices on the DEQ Events Calendar. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.
Background
 
In April, Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority have begun the formal rulemaking process to assemble the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee as part of the effort to engage the public in creating human health risk-based rules for industrial facilities, for consideration by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.
 
 
Agencies seek public input
The public policy forums provided an overview of ways health risk-based standards would address gaps in current rules for industrial facilities. State environmental quality regulators and health experts are also sought public input on issues related to the regulatory overhaul, including:
  • What are your priorities in new industrial air emissions rules?
  • How should the rules address the values of human health, environmental quality and economic vitality?
  • What questions do you have about rules governing industrial air toxics emissions?
DEQ and OHA invited the public to attend four Cleaner Air Oregon regional policy forums in September and early October.
 

Forum Schedule
  •  Medford - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. at Jackson County Library
  •  Bend - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Central Oregon Community College, Wille Hall
  •  Pendleton - Wednesday, Sept.28, 6-8:30 p.m. at  Pendleton Convention Center
  •  Portland - Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-8:30 p.m. at Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom

Public input from the four policy forums will be shared with the Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform Advisory Committee. That advisory committee will meet from October through June 2017 and provide input into the drafting of new air toxics rules.

 

The Regional Forums were open to the public. 

DEQ publishes meeting notices on the DEQ Events Calendar. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

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