In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, DEQ developed a draft Community Engagement Toolkit to help guide public participation in Oregon's health risk-based permitting program for toxic air contaminants. The Toolkit is guidance for DEQ on how to tailor community engagement to the needs of communities and considers equity, disproportionate impacts, and vulnerable populations.
DEQ invites the public to provide feedback on the draft Community Engagement Toolkit, including the Assessment Tool Overview, Community Engagement Assessment Template and Community Engagement Plan Template, between Dec. 16, 2020 and Feb. 12, 2021. The informal comment period provides transparency and an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on how to strengthen the Cleaner Air Oregon community engagement strategy.
How to provide feedback
DEQ welcomes suggestions for improving its proposed community engagement process and learning about additional community engagement strategies, including
- How DEQ can engage in a meaningful way to ensure community input is heard and incorporated into practices and permitting?
- How can DEQ best identify and respond to community concerns?
- Are there additional resources or approaches DEQ should consider?
This is an opportunity for informal input. This is not a formal rulemaking process or public comment period. Members of the public can provide input by Feb. 12, 2021 by emailing CAOCommunity@deq.state.or.us or by mail
Attn: Cleaner Air Oregon
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Feedback review process
DEQ will review and consider all submitted comments in the completion of the Toolkit. The Toolkit will serve as a guide for DEQ to customize a community engagement strategy based on the needs of a community. DEQ expects to make regular revisions and updates to the Toolkit based on evaluation, community feedback and lessons learned.
Commitment to Environmental Justice
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is committed to engaging all communities to create equity and inclusion in public health and environmental policy, programs and outcomes. In addition to Cleaner Air Oregon community engagement rules on notification and facility participation in public meetings, DEQ will engage interested and concerned communities with meetings, workshops and resources to build capacity for participation in current and future air quality permitting and programs