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  • Cleaner Air Oregon launches public engagement phase

    April 21, 2016 - Community input will inform industrial air toxics rules that integrate health

    Cleaner Air Oregon, a program created by Governor Kate Brown and jointly led by Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality, today launched a public engagement process to support the program’s efforts to improve the health of all Oregonians by overhauling the state’s industrial air toxics regulatory standards.
    Cleaner Air Oregon seeks to put human health front and center as the state looks at overhauling industrial air toxics regulations to incorporate health-base standards. A foundation of the regulatory reform is the involvement of a broad array of perspectives from people across the state. Begin sharing your comments at CleanerAirOregon.org.
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Got drugs you don’t need? Don’t flush them!
Recent news reports have brought attention to the presence of pharmaceuticals in Oregon’s waterways. A series of DEQ river basin assessments and monitoring studies for contaminants illustrates that trace amounts of drugs are present in waterways throughout the state.
You can help stop this pollution by following recommendations for disposing of your waste pharmaceuticals.
Metals emissions in Portland
Preliminary air quality monitoring data show high levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air near Southeast 22nd Ave. and Powell Boulevard in Portland. The data have prompted state agencies to investigate potential health risks from exposure to these metals. So far, data show that these metals are at levels above federal short term exposure guidelines and Oregon’s long-term health benchmarks.
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- Please send questions and concerns to DEQ at OregonAirToxics@deq.state.or.us 
- For answers to questions, call 211 or email the Oregon Health Authority hotline.