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Sept. 14-15, 2023

428th Regular Meeting of Oregon Environmental Quality Commission


Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

By Zoom and in-person at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Library Seminar Room in the Guin Library (2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365).

All times are approximate and subject to change.

9 a.m.
Welcome and meeting open
The commission will open the meeting and review the day's agenda.

9:05 a.m.
Item A: Draft meeting minutes (Action)
Commissioners will review and take action on proposed draft minutes from the May 2023 and July 2023 meetings.

9:10 a.m.
Item B: Director's Report (Informational)
DEQ will present written and verbal updates on agency activities and other issues of interest to the commission.

9:55 a.m.
Item C: Fuel Tank Seismic Stability Rules (Action)
DEQ will present proposed rules for implementation of the Senate Bill 1567 (2022). The legislation requires DEQ and the EQC develop a program and rules to evaluate and mitigate the seismic vulnerability of bulk oils or liquid fuel terminals in Columbia, Lane and Multnomah counties and minimize the risk to people and the environment.

10:40 a.m. - Break

10:55 a.m.
Item D: Recycling Modernization Act Implementation and Materials Management Overview (Informational)
DEQ staff will brief the commission on the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021, and the associated rulemaking processes underway to the implement the legislation.

12 p.m. Adjourn meeting

Friday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

By Zoom only.

9-9:30 a.m.

Item E: 2024 Integrated Report Assessment Methodology (Informational)
DEQ will present on the progress of the 2024 Oregon Water Quality Integrated Report, including assessment methodology updates and comments received during public comment on the materials.

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Item F: Public Forum
The commission will hold a comment opportunity for any environmental and public health issues relevant to DEQ and EQC. Sign-ups to comment will occur at the start of this agenda item, and people are asked to limit comments to three minutes or less. Comment times may be reduced at the discretion of the commission if needed. The commission cannot accept comment on the following proposed rules:

  • Upper Yaquina River Watershed TMDL
  • Fish and Aquatic Life Use Updates 2022
  • Powder River Basin TMDL
  • Recycling Updates 2023

10:15-10:45 a.m. - Break 

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Item G: Upper Yaquina River Watershed TMDLs (Action)
DEQ will propose adoption of the proposed Upper Yaquina River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load for bacteria and dissolved oxygen, by rule. This is DEQ's first proposal for adoption of TMDLs by rule since EQC adopted amendments in February 2022 consistent with statute, allowing both issuance of TMDLs by DEQ order and adoption of TMDLs by EQC as rules.

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Item H: Climate 2023 Rulemaking Overview (Informational)
DEQ staff will update the EQC on key proposed changes to three related programs in the Office of GHG Programs: the GHG Reporting Program, Third Party Verification, and the Climate Protection Program. For the Climate 2023 rulemaking DEQ is proposing a series of clarifications and modifications to improve emissions reporting and program implementation.

12:30 p.m.
Adjourn meeting