Environmental Quality Commission

The 397th regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center 
710 SW Jackson Street 
Portland, OR 97204

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: 12:30 to 5 p.m., evening town hall 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Working lunch and executive session
​Commissioners, 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).

Item A, Action item: Meeting minutes
Commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from recent EQC meetings.
Item B, Informational item: Cleaner Air Oregon
DEQ will present an update on the development of draft rules for Cleaner Air Oregon, including potential process updates or other adjustments based on the outcomes of the 2018 Legislative Session. 
Item C, Informational item: Legislative updates
DEQ will present updates on the outcomes of the 2018 Legislative Session, including bills or other actions related to DEQ's work.
DEQ will present an update on the development of the Agency Request Budget for 2019-21. DEQ will also present a draft list of Legislative Concepts for commission review and approval. The draft Concepts, if approved, would be developed as possible bills in the 2019 Legislative Session.
**Public comment opportunity: Following the staff presentation, and prior to taking action on the draft Concepts, the commission will accept public comment specific to this item. People who wish to present comment on this item must sign up, and a form for the sign-ups will be available the day of the meeting. There is no comment by telephone for this item.
Audio: Staff presentation
Audio: Public comment and commission action​

The commission will hold a town hall session to hear from the public on environmental issues. The town hall is a time for informal conversation with the commission; however, the town hall is not recorded, and is not a formal comment opportunity.
This item was not recorded
 6:30 p.m. - The commission will recess until 9 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Commissioners and staff may attend an informal self-pay dinner on Wednesday evening. No commission business will be conducted at the dinner.

Thursday, March 22, 2018: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Item F, Informational item: Agency reorganization updates
Director Whitman will provide updates regarding the agency's reorganization process, and introduce new members of the DEQ Leadership Team.

Item G, Informational item: Director's report​​
Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on state, regional and national issues of interest to the commission.

DEQ will present about the draft Electric Vehicle Rebate Program rules. DEQ will bring proposed rules for commission review and action at the May 2018 EQC meeting.
Item I, Informational item: Meeting planning 
DEQ and the commissioners will discuss logistics and planning details for upcoming commission meetings. DEQ will also present information about the commission's annual self-evaluation survey, to be administered in spring 2018.

Lunch - The commission will recess for lunch from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Item J, Public forum - Directions for calling in for this item​
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. 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. All times subject to change based on commission needs and the number of people signed up to present comment.
**Item K, Informational item: Materials Management Program annual update
DEQ staff will present the annual update on the Materials Management Program and progress toward the ​2050 Vision and Framework for Materials Management.
**Public comment opportunity: ​Following the staff presentation, the commission will accept public comment specific to this item. People who wish to present comment on this item must sign up, and a form for the sign-ups will be available the day of the meeting. There is no comment by telephone for this item.
Item L, Action item: Lane Regional Air Protection Agency rules
Staff from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency will present proposed rule updates for commission approval. As a regional air authority, LRAPA must gain commission approval for its standard revisions and rules prior to implementation. 
DEQ will present a recommendation for a qualified entity to serve as the backstop aggregator for the Clean Fuels Program. If approved, the entity would be responsible for monetizing and investing the revenue from credits generated from residential charging of electric vehicles in area where the relevant eletrical utility is not generating the credits.  

Item N, Informational item: Commissioner reports​
Commissioners will provide verbal updates on their recent activities of interest to the commission.


 4:30 p.m. - The commission will adjourn.



2018 EQC meeting dates

May 10-11, The Dalles
July 12-13, Portland
September 13-14, Location to be determined
November 15-16, Portland​