Environmental Quality Commission

385th Regular Meeting

Klamath County Board of Commissioners Building
Main Conference Room, Second Floor
305 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR
This agenda reflects the order in which items are scheduled, and is subject to change. 

Wednesday, October 14 – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

A. Action item: Draft meeting minutes from August 2015  |  Audio
The commission will review and take action on draft minutes from the Aug.12-13, 2015, regular EQC meeting.
B. Informational item: EQC’s role in contested cases  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present a follow-up to recent commission discussion regarding the role of EQC in contested cases and other enforcement issues.
C. Informational item: Oregon’s Confined Animal Feeding Operations Program; addendum  |  Audio
DEQ staff will co-present with staff from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on the CAFO program, operated by the Department of Agriculture under an interagency Memorandum of Understanding. DEQ intends to propose a request for commission authorization of an updated MOU at the December 2015 EQC meeting.
D. Informational item: Water Quality Program overview and plans; attachment A and workplan  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present an overview of the current Water Quality Program status, its challenges, opportunities and long-term program planning.
Lunch: The commission will recess for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
E. 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.
F. Informational item: Commissioner reports and agenda planning discussion  |  Audio
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.
G. Informational item: Eastern Region highlights  |  ​Audio
DEQ staff will present highlights of the work being done by DEQ’s Eastern Region staff and project partners.
The commission will recess at approximately 4:15 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 15.
Wednesday evening meet-and-greet
Commissioners and some DEQ staff will participate in an informal session on Wednesday evening. The session will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the same venue as the main meeting, but is not part of the formal commission agenda. Any comments or discussion will not recorded and will not be considered part of the formal commission record, and the event is an opportunity for Oregonians to discuss environmental matters in an informal setting. 


Thursday, October 15 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The commission will hold a morning tour and reconvene at 11 a.m. for its regular meeting agenda.
H. Tour: Oregon Institute of Technology Geothermal and Renewable Energy Lab and programs 
Commissioners, some staff and project partners will take a morning tour of the lab and programs for geothermal and renewable energy at the Oregon Institute of Technology’s campus.
I. Public forum  |  Audio
The commission will open public forum at 11 a.m. During this 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 Klamath Falls at the meeting venue or via conference call at one of several DEQ offices.
  • Bend: 475 NE Bellevue
  • Eugene: 165 East 7th Avenue
  • Portland (headquarters): 811 SW 6th Avenue
Lunch: The commission will recess for a working lunch from approximately noon to 1:30 p.m.
Commissioners, some staff and representatives from the Oregon Department of Justice will meet for an executive session over this working lunch. This executive session will be held in accordance with state public meeting laws.
J. Action item: PM 2.5 updates and SIP approval  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present proposed updates to Oregon’s rules for fine particulate matter, measuring 2.5 microns or less in diameter, as part of an alignment with federal changes to the Clean Air Act. The request also includes authorization to update Oregon’s State Implementation Plan for air quality standards.
K. Informational item: Oregon’s Clean Power Plan  |  Audio
DEQ staff will present information about the federal Clean Power Plan, under part 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, and DEQ’s role in coordinating Oregon’s state response and plan.
L. Action item: Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program rule revisions  |  Audio
DEQ staff will propose rule updates for the State Revolving Loan Fund Program, based on state alignment with recent updates to the federal Clean Water Act.
M. Informational item: Budget and legislative updates  |  Audio
DEQ staff will provide updates on the agency, state and federal budget and legislative matters.
The commission will adjourn at approximately 4 p.m.