Environmental Quality Commission

​382nd Regular Meeting

DEQ Headquarters
811 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Conference Room EQC-A, 10th Floor

Wednesday, April 15 - Noon to 4:30p.m.

Lunch and executive session
The commission will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. for a working lunch. Staff from the Oregon Department of Justice will present updates about litigation, in-process and pending, during an executive session with the commission and some DEQ staff.
The commission will convene its regular meeting at approximately 1:15 p.m.
A. Action item: Draft meeting minutes from Jan. 7-8 and Feb. 2, 2015, EQC meetings  |  Report  |  Audio
he commission will review and take action on draft meeting minutes from the Jan. 7-8 regular and Feb. 2, 2015, special EQC meetings.
B. Informational item: Director’s report  |  Audio
Director Pedersen will present written and verbal updates about DEQ, state and federal environmental activities of interest to the commission.
C. Action item: Adoption of federal rules in support of RCRA reauthorization  | Audio
DEQ staff will present proposed hazardous waste rules for adoption. The proposed rules include two new federal hazardous waste requirements and updated to 10 amended federal hazardous waste rules in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
D. Action item: Authorization to allow human consumption of recycled water 
DEQ staff will present a request from Clean Water Services for that agency to use recycled water in a product intended for human consumption. The commission’s authorization is required, as is approval from the Oregon Health Authority, for this use of highly-treated recycled water. OHA approved the specific request earlier in 2015.
Attachments  | Slides  |  Audio
E. Action item: Contested case  |  Attachments   |  Audio
The commission will review and take action on a contested case and related civil penalty for a violation of underground storage tank statutes.
The commission will recess at approximately 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16. On Wednesday evening, commissioners and some DEQ staff may attend an informal, optional and self-pay social dinner in downtown Portland. Per state meeting law, no commission business will be discussed at the dinner.

Thursday, April 16 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. for public forum. During this 60-minute item any person may present comment on environmental issues except a proposed rule action for which the comment period has occurred and closed. Each person is asked to complete a short registration form and to limit comments to five minutes or less. Comments are taken in the order they are received. The commission may extend or shorten this item at its discretion.
People may present comment in-person in Portland at DEQ’s headquarters or via conference call at one of several DEQ offices.
  • Bend: 475 NE Bellevue Drive
  • Eugene: 165 East 7th Avenue
  • Medford: 221 Stewart Avenue
G. Informational item: Budget and legislative updates  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present updates on the 2015-17 agency budget process, state and federal budget information and state and federal legislative matters of interest to the commission.
H. Informational item: Portland Harbor update  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present an informational update about the status of land-based cleanup projects for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Staff will also debut an educational video developed in 2014 and 2015 about the project. The video will be installed along the Willamette River in summer 2015 as part of an outreach campaign to connect river users with information about the cleanup and environmental history of Portland Harbor.
I. Action item: Grants Pass carbon monoxide and particulate matter Limited Maintenance Plans
DEQ staff will present rules to update Oregon maintenance plans designed to protect air quality in Grants Pass for carbon monoxide and for particulate matter 10 microns and smaller as required by federal law. Grants Pass is not currently at risk to violate the standards, and the proposed updates fulfill federal agreements for long-term compliance with air quality standards. Slides  |  Audio
J. Action item: Air quality permitting program updates and revisions  |  Addendum  |  Attachments  |  Slides 
DEQ staff will present proposed rule revisions to streamline, reorganize and update Oregon’s air quality permit rules. The Source Sampling Manual Volumes I and II and Continuous Monitoring Manual are part of the proposed rules. DEQ also proposes changes to statewide particulate matter emission standards and the preconstruction permitting program. The changes would help Oregon comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ambient air quality standard for fine particulates, commonly called PM2.5 and protect air quality through Oregon’s permitting programs.  Audio
K. Action item: Federal air quality standards update and revisions  |  Slides 
DEQ staff will present proposed revisions to certain air quality standards based on federal changes to categories within the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards.  Audio
L. Informational item: Commissioner reports and agenda planning discussion​
Commissioners will provide verbal updates on their activities and other items of interest to the commission. DEQ staff will also solicit commissioner feedback on future agenda topics for EQC meetings.  Audio
The commission will adjourn at approximately 4:00 p.m.​