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  • Cars, Combustion, Carbon Monoxide and a Commitment to Cleaner Air
    Amongst all the talk and news about the many environmental challenges we face locally and globally, it’s important to look at Oregon’s recent history for a bit of perspective. While we continue to face a range of environmental threats, the state has made huge strides in cleaning our land, water and air. Generally speaking, we live, work and play in a cleaner, less-polluted environment than our parents and grandparents did.
    Take the considerable reductions in carbon monoxide as an example. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that binds to the hemoglobin in blood, which reduces the ability of the blood to transport oxygen throughout the body. In the early 1970s, downtown Portland violated the national health standards for carbon monoxide an average of once every three days.
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Comcast newsmakers interview Department of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen about the agency's approach to solving environmental problems. Watch the video.

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Governors promote zero-emission vehicles
Zero-emission vehicles provide enormous benefits to the environment by conserving energy and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The governors of Oregon, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont have signed a cooperative agreement to promote a robust national market for electric and hydrogen-powered cars by:
  • • Harmonizing building codes to make it easier to construct new electric car charging stations
  • • Leading by example by including zero emission vehicles in their public fleets
  • • Evaluating and establishing financial and other incentives to  promote zero emission vehicles
  • • Considering establishing favorable electricity rates for home charging systems; and
  • • Developing common standards for roadway signs and charging networks.

Oregon already has charging stations and other infrastructure in place to make it easy to own and operate an electric car. Read more…
DEQ Report Featured on OPB Oregon Field Guide
OPB's Oregon Field Guide recently featured a story about DEQ's ecological assessment of the Lower Mid-Columbia River. This study is the first of its kind on this section of the Columbia. Watch the OPB video featuring DEQ's Water Quality Monitoring Manager Aaron Borisenko, or read the DEQ report.