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  • Cleaner Air Oregon Requests Public Input on Advisory Committee Positions
    As part of Cleaner Air Oregon, the Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority will convene a regulatory reform advisory committee. This group, informed by public comment, will guide the reform of industrial air toxics regulation. DEQ and OHA welcome public input on how that committee will be created and what roles it will include. There will then be a call for committee member nominations this summer.

    Committee Members will reflect the diversity of Oregon backgrounds, experiences, interests and geographic perspectives. DEQ and OHA have identified a starting list of 14 stakeholder groups and are seeking public input on which additional 5-7 stakeholder groups or individuals should be included. DEQ and OHA will use the input received to finalize the list of positions appointed to the advisory committee.

    Read more and submit your comments online...

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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.
To sign up for updates and for more information about what we know right now and what happens next, visit the new joint agency website: Safer Air Oregon.
- For information about industrial facilities in DEQ Northwest Region: Industrial Facilities
- 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.