Hazards and Cleanup

Purpose

The Department of Environmental Quality appointed an Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advice to the DEQ in administering statutes relating to the Dry Cleaner Program. The purposes of the Dry Cleaner Program are to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the cleanup of contamination resulting from dry cleaning facilities and by preventing future releases of dry cleaning solvent to the environment, and to exempt dry cleaning owners and dry cleaning operators from cleanup liability.

Authority

The Oregon Legislature in ORS 465.507 directed the Department of Environmental Quality to appoint an advisory group to meet periodically and advise the DEQ regarding the implementation of the Dry Cleaner Program.

Mission

The Advisory Committee's mission is to assist the Department of Environmental Quality regarding:

  • methods and standards for removal and remedial actions at dry cleaning facilities;
  • waste minimization and other requirements for dry cleaning facilities;
  • the Department of Environmental Quality's use of the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Account;
  • the adequacy of revenue generated by fees for meeting the costs of removal and remedial actions at dry cleaning facilities; and
  • ultimate cost of cleaning up contaminated dry cleaning facilities
  • prioritizing contaminated dry cleaning facilities
  • reducing administrative costs;
  • other matters pertinent to the purposes of ORS 465.500 to 465.545

Committee members

The Committee consists of professionals and experts with a broad range of experience and training in dry cleaning and related environmental and public policy issues. Representatives from the following groups have been included:

  • Dry cleaning operators;
  • Dry cleaning property owners;
  • Dry cleaning industry members other than owners and operators;
  • Citizens;
  • Environmental organizations; and
  • Local governments.
  • Jim Kincaid – Chair   
    Cable Huston LLP  
    1001 SW 5th Ave. Suite 2000
    Portland, OR 97204
    Phone: 503-224-3092
    Fax: 503-224-3176
    Email: jkincaid@cablehuston.com

  • Brad Berggren 
    PNG Environmental, Inc
    6665 SW Hampton St., Suite 101
    Tigard, OR 97223
    Phone: 503-620-2387
    Fax: 503-620-2977
    Email: bberggren@pngenv.com

  • Jenn Bildersee
    City of Portland
    Portland Brownfield Program Coordinator
    1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000
    Portland, OR 97204
    Phone: 503-823-7764
    Email: Jenn.Bildersee@portlandoregon.gov

  • Jay Bleich
    Bee Tailors and Cleaners
    1026 SW Salmon St.
    Portland, OR 97205
    Phone:  503-227-1144
    Email: jay@beecleaners.com

  • Kathey Butters
    Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    803 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
    Phone: 503-227-0242
    Fax: 503-221-1316
    Cell: 503-871-5144
    Email: kbutters@plazacleaners.net

  • Gary Campbell
    Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    1120 NW 9th St.
    Corvallis, OR 97330
    Phone: 541-760-0342
    Fax: 541-752-7939
    Email: campbells@proaxis.com

  • Danny Han
    President, Korean American Dry Cleaners Association
    Majestic Cleaners
    3801 NE Sandy Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97232
    Phone:  503-281-1108
    Email:  dannyhann@gmail.com

  • Keri Handaly
    City of Gresham
    Stormwater Permit Coordinator and Toxic Reduction Educator
    1333 NW Eastman Parkway
    Gresham, OR 97030
    Phone: 503-618-2657
    Email: Keri.Handaly@greshamoregon.gov

  • Spencer Ingrim
    Kimco Reality Corporation
    Property Manager
    13635 NW Cornell Road #160
    Portland, OR 97229
    Phone: 503-336-9202
    Email: singrim@kimcorealty.com

  • James Schaff
    President, CPM
    Criteria Properties
    7035 SW Hampton St.
    Tigard, OR 97223 
    Phone: 503-573-4285
    Email: james@criteriaproperties.com

  • Susan Steward
    Building Owners and Managers Association 
    Executive Director
    200 SW Market Street, Suite 1710
    Portland, OR 97201
    Phone: 503-228-9214
    Email: susan@bomaoregon.org

  • Guy Tanz
    PNG Environmental, Inc
    6665 SW Hampton St., Suite 101
    Tigard, OR 97223
    Phone: 503-620-2387
    Fax: 503-620-2977
    Cell: 503-853-1295
    Email: gtanz@pngenv.com

  • Allan Wright
    Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    140 NE 19th St.
    McMinnville, OR 97128-2610
    Phone: 503-472-0818
    Email: alpine@viclink.com  

  • Peter Yoo
    Korean American Dry Cleaners Association
    11350 NE Halsey St.
    Portland, OR 97220
    Phone: 503-254-3588
    Fax: 503-254-3588
    Email: peter4yoo@gmail.com

  • Steve Young
    Oregon Dry Cleaners Association
    803 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR  97209
    Phone: 503-799-1763
    Email: sthrallyoung@aol.com

Committee meetings

Agendas and minutes from advisory committee meetings are sent to interested parties. To get on the interested parties list, contact Jessika Cohen​ , 503-229-6258​.

​​The Department of Environmental Quality appointed an Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advice to the DEQ in administering statutes relating to the Dry Cleaner Program. The purposes of the Dry Cleaner Program are to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the cleanup of contamination resulting from dry cleaning facilities and by preventing future releases of dry cleaning solvent to the environment, and to exempt dry cleaning owners and dry cleaning operators from cleanup liability.


Previous Meetings:
Sept. 15, 2020 - English, Korean, Vietnamese​
Jan. 23, 2018 - Meeting Minutes​
Nov. 16, 2017 - Meeting Minutes​
April 13, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
March 30, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
Jan. 29, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
Dec. 16, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
Sept. 30, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2015 - Meeting Minutes
April 15, 2015 - Meeting Minutes

Staffing and support

The Department of Environmental Quality provides Advisory Committee members with appropriate materials and background information to carry out their duties.