Environmental Quality Commission

Agenda for the 395 regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

This meeting will take place at two venues in Eugene

  • Thursday's meeting will be at The Valley River Inn
    1000 Valley River Way
  • Friday's meeting with be at the Hilton Eugene
    66 East 6th Avenue

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • This day is held jointly with the Oregon Board of Forestry
  • The morning and afternoon sessions will be at The Valley River Inn

A. Informational item: EQC and BOF areas of shared interest and oversight
8:30 a.m. DEQ and Oregon Department of Forestry staff will present to the combined EQC and Board of Forestry regarding topics for which the two bodies have a shared interest or co-oversight. These topics include, but are not limited to, smoke management and water quality concerns.
Presenters: TBD

B. Tour
9:30 a.m. 6 hours (includes lunch) Commissioners and DEQ staff will accompany the Board of Forestry on a tour of projects in the Eugene area which address smoke management, riparian and other forest land issues.
Presenters: TBD

C. Discussion item: Tour debrief and next steps
3:30 p.m. EQC and Board of Forestry will discuss their day’s tour and provide feedback and direction to DEQ and ODF for next steps the agencies, and commission or board, can take regarding the issues discussed and expected future concerns for Oregon’s forested lands.

5 p.m. Recess until 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Following the meeting, some commissioners and staff may attend an informal and optional social dinner. No commission business will be conducted at dinner.

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Williams Room at the Hilton Eugene

D. Action item: Meeting minutes
8:30 a.m. Commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from recent EQC meetings.
E. Informational item: Legislative updates
8:35 a.m. DEQ staff will present updates on agency, state and federal budget and legislative matters of interest to the commission.
Presenters: Karen Tarnow and Matt Davis

F. Action item: Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program rule proposals
9:05 a.m. DEQ staff will present proposed updates and rule changes for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program. This program provides low-interest loans to qualified entities to construct wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, nonpoint source pollution controls and National Estuary water quality improvement projects across the state. 
Presenters: Anita Yap and Lee Ann Lawrence

G. Informational item: Cleaner Air Oregon
9:50 a.m. DEQ staff will present informational updates on the status and timeline of the Cleaner Air Oregon rule and program proposal development. Staff may also present a summary of the content of the proposed draft rules, issued October 20. 
Presenters: Keith Johnson, co-presenters TBD
Note: People may listen in to this item using a toll-free telephone conference line. All callers will have their lines muted throughout this item.
Conference line: 800-700-7784
Participant code: 432786 #
10:50 a.m. 15 min The commission will recess for a short break
H. Public forum
11:05 a.m. The commissioners will open a public comment opportunity for any general topics. People may provide comment in-person at the meeting or by toll-free telephone conference line.
Any person may use the telephone conference line to listen to this item. The item will be moderated by a telephone operator, who will provide instruction during the item on how listeners may request to provide comment.
When presenting comment, either in person or by phone, all people will be asked to state their name for official record-keeping purposes and limit comments to three minutes or less.
People may listen in or present comments during this item using a toll-free telephone conference line. A third-party operator will moderate the call, and will provide directions on how to enter the speakers’ queue. All participants will have their lines muted unless they are the current speaker.
Conference line: 800-700-7784
Participant code: 432786 #
All times subject to change based on commission needs and the number of people signed up to present comment.

I. Working lunch and executive session
12:15 p.m. - 90 minutes. The commissioners, some DEQ staff and Oregon Department of Justice staff will meet for an executive session over a working lunch. This executive session is held under the authority of ORS 192.660(2)(h).

J. Item J was removed from the agenda.

K. Action item: Clean Fuels Program rule proposals
1:45 p.m. DEQ staff will propose changes and updates to elements of the Clean Fuels Program. The program helps Oregon accomplish its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals by requiring fuel suppliers to provide the state with fuel blends that have a reduced carbon footprint. 
Presenters: Cory-Ann Wind and Bill Peters
L. Informational item: Director’s report
2:45 p.m. Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on state, regional and national issues of interest to the commission.
Presenter: Director Whitman
3:15 p.m., 15 minutes. The commission will recess for a short break

M. Action item: Commission process for public comment at EQC meetings
3:15 p.m., 45 minutes. The commission will discuss its preference for mechanisms to allow public comment at regular EQC meetings, based on DEQ staff recommendations. 
Presenter: Director Whitman
N. Commissioner reports
4 p.m., 30 minutes. The commissioners will provide verbal updates on their recent activities of interest to the commission.
5 p.m. Adjourn