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Cleaner Air Oregon is a health-based permitting program that regulates emissions of toxic air contaminants from facilities based on risk to nearby communities. CAO requires facilities to report toxic air contaminant emissions, assess potential health risks to people nearby and reduce toxic air contaminant risk if it exceeds legal limits.

As part of the Cleaner Air Oregon process, each facility has a dedicated web page to provide communities access to facility information and updates on where it is involved in the process.

  • Each step of the CAO risk assessment process has a section that includes DEQ's communications and deliverables from the facility.
  • The graphic below shows where a facility is in the Cleaner Air Oregon Process.

 For additional information and history of the program, visit the Cleaner Air Oregon website.

Green Arrow pointing to the right with 4 enclosed boxes labeled, from left to right, Emissions Inventory, Modeling Protocol, Ris

The Emissions Inventory provides information on all the Toxic Air Contaminant emissions from a facility, and includes information on a facility’s operations and activities, as well as fuel and material usage rates. This is often the longest step in the CAO risk assessment process as DEQ needs to verify that all activities have been accounted for, and that the most representative emissions data available are used. In some cases, DEQ will require a facility to perform source testing at this stage if insufficient data is available to estimate emissions. ​

Sept. 17, 2020: Facility called in to CAO program.

​Dec. 4, 2020: Facility submitted Emissions Inventory and supporting materials.

June 24, 2021: DEQ response letter to Emissions Inventory requiring source testing.

Nov. 8, 2021: Source Test Plan submitted for DEQ review.

Nov. 29, 2021: Revised Source Test Plan submitted for DEQ review.

Dec. 14, 2021: Facility notified DEQ of maintenance outage via email.

Dec. 21, 2021: Facility requested formal source testing extension.

​​Jan. 11, 2022: Facility requested additional source testing extension.
Jan. 21, 2022: DEQ approved source testing extension request.

​​Jan 26 and 27, 2022: Facility completes source testing. Source Test Report due to DEQ no later than March 28, 2022.

March 24, 2022: Facility requested extension for source test report.
April 7, 2022: DEQ approved extension request.
April 11, 2022: Facility submitted Source Test Report.

April 12, 2022: DEQ sent letter regarding revised reporting requirements for exempt TEUs.

June 7, 2022: Facility submitted revised source test report.
June 14, 2022: DEQ issued Source Test Report review memorandum.

July 14, 2022: Facility submitted revised Emissions Inventory and supporting calculations
  • Cover Letter
  • Emissions Inventory
  • Supporting C​alculations​
July 26, 2022: DEQ issued revised Source Test Report review memorandum
Oct. 24, 2022: DEQ approved facility Emissions Inventory
Oct. 4, 2023: DEQ requests facility to update Emissions Inventory using updated short term tank emissions calculation methodology 
Oct. 27, 2023: Facility submitted revised Emissions Inventory and supporting calculations regarding short term tank emission calculations. Nov. 9, 2023: DEQ requests updates to Emissions Inventory 

Dec. 22, 2023: Facility submitted revised Emissions Inventory and supporting calculations regarding vapor speciation. 

Jan. 16, 2024: DEQ requests additional information on tank inventory and exempt TEUs. 

Jan. 19, 2024: Facility submitted revised Emissions Inventory with updated tank inventory and supporting calculations regarding exempt TEUs. 

Feb. 6, 2024: DEQ updated and facility approved revised Emissions Inventory listing exempt TEUs: 

Feb. 12, 2024: DEQ approved facility Emissions Inventory 

The Modeling Protocol provides information on how the facility plans to accurately model the concentrations of Toxic Air Contaminants (TACs) that community members may be exposed to based on the TAC emissions data from the approved Emissions Inventory. A Risk Assessment Work Plan is required for more complex Risk Assessments (Level 3 or Level 4) and provides more detailed information about locations where people live or normally congregate around the facility and how risk to these community members will be evaluated. 

Nov. 28, 2022: Facility submitted Combined Modeling Protocol and Risk Assessment Work Plan 

May 19, 2023: DEQ Approves Modeling Protocol and Risk Assessment Work Plan 

May 9, 2024: DEQ requested updates to the Modeling Protocol and Risk Assessment Work Plan, the Level 3 Risk Assessment
May 29,2024: Facility submitted updated Modeling Protocol and Risk Assessment Work Plan

May 29, 2024: Facility submitted updated Level 3 Risk Assessment.

About the Facility

EcoLube Recovery collects and recycles used oil. This facility uses a re-refining process where used oil is converted into products such as marine fuel and Group 2 base oil. 

Site Address

11535 N Force Avenue
Portland, OR 97217