Environmental Quality Commission

Agenda for the 393rd regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

Tuesday, July 11
DEQ headquarters (and various project sites in Portland)
700 NE Multnomah Street, Portland

Wednesday and Thursday, July 12 and 13
DoubleTree Executive Meeting Center
1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The commission will meet for a working lunch and executive session from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This session will be held under the authority of ORS 192.660(2)(h). 
A. Tour
From approximately 1 to 5 p.m., the commissioners will visit project sites in the Portland area.
The commission will recess at approximately 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s meeting is at the DoubleTree Executive Meeting Center (Portland)
B. Opening and welcome: New commissioners
The commission will open its meeting with an introduction of three new commissioners: Kathleen George, Molly Kile and Wade Mosby. The three new commissioners started their service May 3, 2017.
C. Action item: Meeting minutes
Commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from recent EQC meetings.
D. Action item: Delegation of specified administrative functions
The commission may delegate specified functions to the DEQ director, for the purpose of correcting typographical and other administrative errors in DEQ’s rules without engaging a formal rulemaking process. DEQ staff will propose that delegation is made to Richard Whitman, DEQ director as of Feb. 14, 2017.

E. Action item: Designation of deputy director
Under Oregon law, the DEQ Director may appoint a deputy director, with the approval of the commission. In order for the director to delegate full executive functions to a deputy, this appointment and approval is needed. Director Whitman will recommend that the commission approve his appointment of Leah Feldon as Deputy Director.
F. Action item: Updates to hazardous waste rules
DEQ staff will propose updates to Oregon’s hazardous waste rules in alignment with amended federal laws.
G. Action item: Updates to air quality rules
DEQ staff will propose updates to specific Air Quality Program rules in alignment with new and amended federal laws.
Slides | Audio
H. Action item: Updates to Regional Haze plan and related housekeeping rules for air quality
DEQ staff will propose approval of the 2017 Regional Haze progress report and adoption of Air Quality Program rules intended to correct past errors in a suite of housekeeping amendments.
Slides | Audio
I. Informational item: Cleaner Air Oregon updates
DEQ staff will present updates on the timeline and process for engagement related to the Cleaner Air Oregon program. Partners from the Oregon Health Authority may co-present this item.
Slides | Audio
Lunch - The commission will recess from approximately noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
At approximately 1 p.m., the commission will open a 60-minute public comment opportunity. People may present in-person at the meeting or by telephone conference call.
Comments are limited to five minutes or less, and no comments may be presented for a proposed rule or action item for which a comment period has been held and is now closed.
When dialing in to the meeting, you will be asked to enter an access code and then connect with a moderator. As the item begins, the moderator will provide direction on how to request to present comment, and lines will otherwise be on mute throughout the call.
  • Toll-free conference line: 1-866-216-6835
  • Access code: 802098
K. Informational item: Commission metrics and commissioner roles
Commissioners will discuss their roles, on EQC and as potential liaisons to other state boards and commissions, and potential metrics for agency evaluation.
L. Informational item: Outreach and engagement models
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Director Meta Loftsgaarden will present on the work her agency is undertaking around mission measurement and its strategic plan, including outreach strategies.
Slides | Audio
M. Informational item: Director’s report 
Director Whitman will present written and verbal updates on items of interest to the commission.
The commission will recess at approximately 4:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Some commissioners and DEQ staff may attend an optional, self-pay dinner on Wednesday evening in Portland. No commission business will be conducted at the dinner.

Thursday, July 13, 2017: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday’s meeting is at the DoubleTree Executive Meeting Center (Portland)
Item N is postponed and removed from this agenda
O. Informational item: Agency Toxics Reduction Strategy updates
DEQ staff will present information about an update to the agency’s 2012 Toxics Reduction Strategy, including proposed engagement and next steps for commission involvement.
Slides | Audio
P. Action item: Outstanding Resource Water designation for North Fork Smith River
DEQ staff will propose that the commission designate the North Fork Smith River as Oregon’s first Outstanding Resource Water. This proposed designation is the outcome of a petition submitted to the commission in 2016.
Slides | Audio
Lunch - The commission will recess from approximately noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Q. Informational item: Water Quality Permitting Program updates
DEQ staff will present updates on the progress of the Water Quality Permitting Program improvement project, as requested for each commission meeting.

Handouts | Audio

R. Informational item: Updates to Oregon’s Integrated Water Resource Strategy
Staff from the Oregon Water Resources Department will present on updates to the Integrated Water Resource Strategy. DEQ is a partner in the strategy, which is led by WRD, but the commission has no formal requirement to adopt the strategy.
Slides | Audio
S. Informational item: DEQ’s information technology infrastructure
DEQ and Department of Administrative Services staff will co-present on DEQ’s Information Resources Management Plan, general IT updates and the results of a recent security audit for IT.
OSCIO IT Analysis for DEQ | DEQ Cyber Security Assessment | Audio
T. 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 agency budget information.
U. Discussion and potential action 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. Commissioners may take action during this item to assign roles for new commissioners.
The commission will adjourn at approximately 5 p.m.
2017 meeting dates
September 13-14 (location TBD)
November 1-2 (Newport) – Jointly with the Oregon Board of Forestry