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  • Cleaner Air Oregon announces inspection blitz of potential metal emitters

    April 28, 2016

    Portland, OR—DEQ to immediately inspect one-third of 316 permitted facilities identified statewide to assess potential health impact and inform industrial air quality regulatory overhaul.

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a list of 316 facilities authorized by law to emit metals into the air and announced plans to inspect all of them to collect and verify metals data. In a letter to Governor Brown, the agency noted that the list and the inspections are important parts of Cleaner Air Oregon, an initiative begun by Governor Brown and led by DEQ and Oregon Health Authority. Cleaner Air Oregon will better align industrial air toxics regulations with human health.
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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.