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DEQ's Toxic Reduction Strategy

DEQ Integrated Toxics Reduction Strategy

The strategy complements and supports ongoing efforts in DEQ’s air, land and water quality programs by improving integration, sharing best practices and filling any identified gaps

Toxics reduction actions:

DEQ's virtual webinar on its Toxic Chemicals Focus List 

DEQ utilizes a Toxics Reduction Strategy to take a more integrated and strategic approach to reducing toxics in Oregon. The strategy is designed to complement and support the agency's existing toxics work, as well as fill any identified gaps. DEQ has developed and recently updated a toxics focus list of the highest priority chemicals or classes of chemicals related to the Strategy. The focus list is part of DEQ's overall toxics reduction strategy to protect Oregonians and Oregon's environment from the impacts of toxic chemicals.   

Virtual webinar information

Willamette Toxics Reduction Partnership and story maps

The Willamette River Toxics Reduction Partnership aims to reduce pollution that enters the Willamette River from reaches upstream of the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The 2017 Superfund Record of Decision selected dredging, capping and natural recovery to remedy Portland Harbor sediment, but also acknowledged that contaminants in local fish, even after several decades, would still be too high for people to eat as much fish as they liked. As specified in the ROD, the Willamette River Toxics Reduction Partnership was formed to help enhance the sediment cleanup remedy. The Partnership is coordinated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and US Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with local government agencies, tribal nations, advocacy organizations, and community members.


For more information about DEQ's agency-wide toxics reduction strategy, contact Lisa CoxToxics Reduction Analyst

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