Environmental Quality Commission

404th regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

Enterprise: July 18-19, 2019


Thursday, July 18, 2019: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Meeting location: Cloverleaf Hall at Wallowa County Fairgrounds
    • 668 NW 1st Street, Enterprise, Oregon

The commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from the May 16-17, 2019, regular EQC meeting.

DEQ will present proposed revisions to Land Quality Division rules to update the Composting Rules. The proposed revisions would make permanent the changes adopted by the commission in February 2019 as temporary rule amendments.
DEQ will present a proposed fee increase for the Hazardous Waste Program.

Item D is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m., at which time a toll-free call-in line will be opened for people to listen in to the staff presentation.
DEQ will present an update on the development of the Willamette Basin TMDL for mercury.
People may listen to the staff presentation for Item D via toll-free call-in line. This same line will also be opened up for the comment opportunity specific to this item, as noted below.
  • Toll-free call-in line: 800-230-1074

**Comment opportunity for Item D
The commission will hold a 20-minute comment opportunity specific to the information presented in Item D, regarding the Willamette Basin Mercury TMDL. This item will begin at approximately 11 a.m., and people may provide comment in-person or by a toll-free call-in line, also open during Item D so people may listen to the staff presentation.

  • Toll-free call-in line: 800-230-1074
​​Please note: Any comments provided to the commission are ​not formal comments that DEQ will consider as part of its evaluation and decisions on the final TMDL. Those comments must be entered through the agency's formal comment process. 

Please see the Willamette Basin TMDL webpage for more information: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/tmdls/Pages/TMDLs-Willamette-Basin.aspx​
DEQ will present a recommendation for commission action on a petition, submitted April 2019, to start the rulemaking process to designate Waldo Lake as Outstanding Resource Waters for the state.

Item F, Action item: Proposed Outstanding Resource Waters designation for Crater Lake
  • ​Note: Audio for Item F is included with the file above for Item E
DEQ will present a recommendation for commission action to start a rulemaking process, in conjunction with the process proposed for Waldo Lake, to designate Crater Lake as Outstanding Resource Waters for the state.
Working lunch and executive session
The commission will recess the public meeting from approximately 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. During that recess, the 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)(f) and (h).
**Item G: Public forum comment opportunity

The commission will reconvene at approximately 1:45 p.m. and open a public comment opportunity for any general topics, and people may present comment in-person or by toll-free call-in line. This comment opportunity is scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes. All times are subject to change based on commission need and the number of people signed up to comment. ​All people presenting comment are asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less and to state their name at the start of their comment.
DEQ will propose revisions to several NESHAP and New Source Performance Standard regulations and new rules related to emissions from landfills. 
DEQ will present a summary of the 2019 Legislative Session, including anticipated policy and budget actions for the agency.
DEQ will request that the commission certify the agency's 2019-21 Legislatively Adopted Budget.
DEQ will present on the state's Environmental Protection Act, House Bill 2250, and dicuss the roles of the commission and agency to track and respond to federal actions that could weaken regulatory protections for public health and the environment.
  • Item L audio
  • This item will start at 5 p.m. and last for approximately 90 minutes
  • Light refreshments will be provided for all attendees of the evening session
The commission will hold an evening session about place-based planning for the state's long-term water needs. DEQ staff will discuss Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy and DEQ's role and collaborative efforts with other state agencies working to protect Oregon's water quality and quantity. Participants from the place-based planning processes will discuss their experiences and next steps for the projects.

The commission will recess at approximately 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19 2019. 


Friday, July 19, 2019: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Meeting location: Cloverleaf Hall at Wallowa County Fairgrounds
    • 668 NW 1st Street, Enterprise, Oregon​

Commissioners, DEQ staff and project partners will tour 6 Ranch, a diversified ranch in Enterprise that has implemented several restoration and improvement projects for a section of the Wallowa River.
  • ​Please note: The tour will take place off-site, with the regular public meeting reconvening for Item N at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Cloverleaf Hall
Commissioners, DEQ staff and project partners will return to Cloverleaf Hall to discuss the morning's tour and any next steps for the agency or commission.

DEQ will present the results of the commission's annual self-evaluation survey for commission review and discussion.
Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on agency activities and other state and federal items of interest for the commissioners.

Commissioners will provide verbal updates on their recent EQC-related activities and other items of interest for the commissioners and agency.
The commission will adjourn at approximately 12:30 p.m.


For questions about the commission please contact Stephanie Caldera , or call 503-229-5301

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