Environmental Quality Commission

The 398th regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

Ft. Dalles Readiness Center, second floor con​ference room
402 E. Scenic Drive
The Dalles, Oregon

Draft meeting minutes: May 10-11, 2018​


Thursday, May 10, 2018: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., evening town hall 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Item A, Informational item: Tour introduction
DEQ and local project partners will present overview information in preparation for the commission's morning tour of two sites near The Dalles.
 
This item will take place off-site
Item B: Tour 
The commission, DEQ staff and local project partners will tour two sites near The Dalles for water quality improvements in Wasco County.​​​There was no audio recorded for item B
 
Working lunch and exective session
Commissioners will meet with DEQ and Oregon Department of Justice staff over a working lunch. The executive session is held under the authority of ORS 192.600(2)(h).

Item C, Discussion item: Tour debrief and next steps
The commissioners will have a debrief of the morning's tour and discuss potential next steps for the commission, state agencies and local project partners working for water quality improvements across the state.
 
DEQ will present proposed rule revisions for the Underground Storage Tanks program, including a proposed fee increase.

Item E, Informational item: Meeting planning
DEQ and the commissioners will discuss logistics and planning details for upcoming commission meetings. 
 
Item F, Informational item: Commissioner reports
Commissioners will provide verbal updates on their recent activities of interest to the commission.
Item G, Town hall
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.
 There was no audio recorded for item G

6:30 p.m. - The commission will recess until 9 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018.
Commissioners and staff may attend an informal self-pay dinner on Thursday evening. No commission business will be conducted at the dinner.

 

Friday, May 11, 2018: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Item H, Action item: Meeting minutes

Commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from the March 21-22, 2018, EQC meeting.

Item H audio

Item I, Informational item: Director's report​
Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on state, regional and national issues of interest to the commission.
Item I audio - Part 1, Part 2
 
Director Whitman will introduce the new members of the DEQ Leadership Team and provide updates on the agency's reorganization.
       
Item K, Action item: Air Toxics Benchmarks proposal
DEQ will present proposed updates to existing and new Ambient Benchmark Concentrations used for the agency's Air Toxics Program.
  
Item L, Action item: Zero Emission and Electric Vehicle Rebate Program rules
DEQ will present proposed rules for the Zero Emission and Electric Vehicle Rebate Program.
 
**Item M, Public forum
Please note: Public forum is scheduled to start at noon and last approximately 45 minutes
The commissioners will open a public comment opportunity at 12 p.m. 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.

Working lunch and executive session
Commissioners will meet with DEQ and Oregon Department of Justice staff over a working lunch. The executive session is held under the authority of ORS 192.600(2)(f) and (h).
 
**Item N, Informational item: Smoke Management Plan updates​​
DEQ staff, with co-presenters from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Forestry, will present updates and describe next steps for the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. DEQ participates in the development and implementation of the plan, which is maintained by the Department of Forestry. Both the Board of Forestry and EQC will be asked to approve the final plan in fall 2018.
**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.​
 
DEQ staff will present proposed Policy Option Packages under development by DEQ for the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. 
**Public comment opportunity: Following the staff presentation, and prior to taking action on the proposal, 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 O audio​
 
​4:30 p.m. - The commission will adjourn.


**Public comment opportunities

Items with two asterisks on the agenda, above, indicate a public comment opportunity. To provide comment to the commission during one of these items, people must sign-up on the item-specific registration sheets available the day of the meeting. Please limit comments to three minutes or less. 


2018 EQC meeting dates

July 12-13, Portland
September 13-14, Location to be determined
November 15-16, Portland​

 

For questions about the agenda or any commission matters, please contact Stephanie Caldera, EQC assistant: Caldera.Stephanie@deq.state.or.us 

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