Environmental Quality Commission

Commission informational meeting

Wellspring Conference Center
1475 Mt. Hood Avenue, Woodburn, OR


The commission met on Wednesday afternoon for an informational and discussion-based meeting. This was not a formal EQC meeting, as there was not a formal quorum of commissioners. Audio files, in MP3 format, of the information and discussion are posted below with each item's description.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A. Welcome and introductions
An opening and welcome to the meeting. There is no document for this item.


B. Informational item: Director’s vision for DEQ
Director Whitman will present his vision for the agency and discuss potential next steps
Staff report | SlidesAudio

C. Informational item: Cleaner Air Oregon updates
A regular update on the activities and timeline for the Cleaner Air Oregon regulatory reform process
Staff report with two attachments | Slides Audio

Break. The commission will recess from approximately 3:34 p.m. for 15 min break.

D. Informational item: Clean Fuels Program annual update
DEQ will present an annual update about the Clean Fuels Program
Staff report | Slides | Audio

E. Informational item: Budget and 2017 Legislative Session updates
Updates on state and agency budget information, update on Legislative session
Staff report


F. Informational item: Commissioner reports and meeting planning
Verbal updates on agency and other activities of interest, discussion with staff for meeting planning; specific discussion regarding the 2017 meeting year and structure (including locations)
Staff report


 The commission will recess at approximately 5:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Opening and setting the context for the day
Setting the context of the day, review of agenda and other opening information

Detailed review of a Water Quality NPDES permit: City of Wilsonville
A walk-through all the steps of a permit and how Standards and TMDLs interact with the permit program
Definitions of terms

Status of permit issuance
Update on the current status of permit issuance in water quality programs

State review framework
An overview of the state review framework and EPA’s recent action on DEQ permit compliance activities
Letter and report from EPA

Lunch: The commission will recess from approximately 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

Implementing recommendations to date
Update on implementation of the improvement project and recommendations

Break: The commission will recess from approximately 2:30 p.m. for 15 min break.

Aligning agency activities for water quality improvements
Updates on alignment of agency water quality activities with permitting improvements, including Planning and Standards, TMDL development and the Integrated Report

Closing and next steps
Closing the day, next steps and time for additional discussion

The commission will adjourn at approximately 4:30 p.m.