Environmental Quality Commission

408th regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

May 7, 2020: Teleconference


The commission held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 7.

The meeting was conducted by teleconference, and people could connect using the Zoom platform for audio and video over computer or by telephone for audio-only connection.

8:30 a.m.
Meeting open and welcome
8:40 a.m.
The commission will consider a request from DEQ that it reaffirm the decision the commission made in November 2019 to adjust fees for the Vehicle Inspection Program.
9:05 a.m.
DEQ will present proposed rules to increase fees for the Air Contaminant Discharge Permit Program to implement fee increases approved by the 2019 Legislature.
9:35 a.m.

DEQ will present proposed rule amendments for the agency's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program to make reporting more efficient and to add requirements for third-party verification.

10:30 a.m.
D. Informational item: Executive Order 20-04 regarding greenhouse gas emissions reduction
DEQ will present information to the commission concerning Executive Order 20-04 and the actions required of the agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. The presentation will include information about the Clean Fuels Program, as well as programs to cap and reduce emissions in various sectors, reduce methane emissions from landfills and implement the Statewide Transportation Strategy.


11:30 a.m.
E. Action item: Rulemaking - Water Quality Program fee increase
DEQ will present proposed rules to increase fees for Water Quality Program permits to implement fee increases approved by the 2019 Legislature.

12:15 p.m.
The commission will recess from 12:15 to 1 p.m. for lunch
1 p.m.
F. Action item: Contested case hearing - NW Metals
The commission will hear an appeal of the Proposed and Final Order, and associated penalty, regarding environmental violations at NW Metals, an auto salvage facility in northeast Portland.
2:10 p.m.
G. Public forum
The commission will take comments and testimony from people on environmental issues. Each commenter is asked to limit their time to three minutes or less. The commission may reduce or adjust speakers' time to accomodate all people who wish to present comment during this 45-minute item.
2:55 p.m.
Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on federal, state and agency activities of interest to the commission.
3:40 p.m.
I. Informational item: Legislative concepts and policy option packages
DEQ will present information to the commission concerning legislative concepts and policy option packages for the 2021 Legislative Session. DEQ expects to request commission approval of policy option packages at a later date.

The commission is expected to adjourn by 4:30 p.m.


Scheduled 2020 EQC meetings (all locations to be determined)

  • July 16-17
  • September 17-18
  • November 19-20


For questions about the commission please contact Stephanie Caldera , or call 503-229-5301


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