Environmental Quality Commission

390th Regular Meeting

Ashland Hills Hotel, Galaxy Ballroom
2525 Ashland Street
Ashland, Oregon

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. evening session
A. Action item: Meeting minutes
Commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from recent regular and special EQC meetings.
B. Public forum
At approximately 9:10 a.m., the commission will open a 50-minute public comment opportunity. People who wish to present comment are asked to complete a short registration form, available at the meeting, and are asked to limit comments to five minutes or less. No comments may be presented on a proposed rule adoption for which a comment period has been held and closed.
People may present comments in-person at the Ashland meeting venue, or via telephone conference call at three DEQ offices:
  • Bend: 475 NE Bellevue
  • Portland (Northwest Region office): 700 NE Multnomah Street, 6th floor – room 610
  • Pendleton: 800 SE Emigrant
C. Informational item: Director’s report
Interim Director Whitman will present written and verbal updates on items of interest to the commission.
D. Informational item: Commissioner reports and agenda planning
Commissioners will present written and verbal updates on their recent activities and other items of interest to the commission. Staff will present potential items or planning ideas for future EQC meetings.
E. Informational item: Budget and Legislative updates
DEQ staff will present updates on agency, state and federal budget and legislative matters of interest to the commission, including updated budget forecast information.
F. Action item: Proposed bond issuance
DEQ staff will present a request for commission authorization to issue a bond sale for up to $10 million in state matching funds for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
The commission will recess from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.
G. Action item: Proposed revisions to water quality standards for copper
DEQ staff will present proposed revisions to the state water quality standards for copper.
H. Informational item: NPDES program updates
DEQ staff will present information about actions and progress to meet the goals and objectives of a September 2016 consultant’s report and November 2016 implementation plan regarding Oregon’s Nonpoint Discharge Elimination System permitting program.
I. Informational item: Diesel emissions settlement
DEQ staff will present information regarding the state’s potential use of up to $68 million from a proposed legal settlement regarding diesel emissions.
J. Informational item: Joint meeting with the Board of Forestry
Staff from DEQ and the Department of Forestry will present to EQC and the Board of Forestry for a joint informational item. The item will include time for in-person public comment in addition to staff presentations and commission discussion about smoke management, prescribed burning and other environmental considerations for forested lands.
The commission will recess at approximately 5:15 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.
Following the recess, some commissioners and staff may join the Board of Forestry for an evening reception hosted by that board. That event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Galaxy Ballroom. On Wednesday evening, some commissioners and DEQ staff may attend an informal self-pay dinner in Ashland. No commission business will be held at the social dinner.

Thursday, Nov. 3 2016 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A joint meeting and tour with the Oregon Board of Forestry. This item will convene at Lithia Park in downtown Ashland.

K.Informational item and tour: Ashland Forests All-lands Restoration project
Commission and board members, along with staff from the Departments of Environmental Quality and Forestry, will meet for a brief informational item followed by a tour of forest lands in and near Ashland.
Please note: The public may attend the tour, but transportation can only be provided for state agency staff and commissioners per state liability requirements. If you wish to join the tour, you must make your own transportation arrangements.
The commission will adjourn at approximately 3 p.m.