Diverse stakeholder committee to provide input on Oregon’s air toxics regulatory overhaul
Portland, OR—A committee of environmental and health experts, community members, and business leaders will convene on Oct. 18 to advise on Oregon's air toxics regulation rulemaking process. This is the first of six scheduled meetings to address more than twenty key policy decisions that are part of Oregon's air toxics regulatory reform.
The Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee was formed jointly by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality earlier this year to improve the health of all Oregonians. Members of the committee represent communities from across Oregon and a broad range of perspectives including environmental, industry, labor, health and community concerns. The role of the committee is to provide policy advice to state regulators and health experts as they re-write state air toxics regulations.
The Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee is led by co-chairs: former state senator Jackie Dingfelder and environmental attorney Claudia Powers.
Dingfelder has over 30 years of professional environmental planning and policy experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. She served in the Oregon Legislature (both the House of Representatives and the Senate) from 2001 to 2013, and served as chair of both the House and Senate Energy and Environment Committees. She recently returned from a year in New Zealand where she was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow.
Powers is an environmental and energy lawyer at Ater Wynne LLP, where she chairs the Environmental Practice Group. She is ranked in Chambers USA and listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has over 30 years of experience in both the public and private practices of energy and environmental law.
Governor Brown to meet with committee
Governor Brown launched the Cleaner Air Oregon rulemaking effort earlier this year to address mounting air quality concerns and to ensure a transparent and equitable policy process. The Governor will attend the first meeting and provide remarks highlighting the scope of the work underway and the critical role of committee members in shaping future air toxics regulations. The Environmental Quality Commission is scheduled to make a final decision by the end of 2017.
“This overhaul will bring the most sweeping change in decades to air quality rules in Oregon,” said Governor Kate Brown. “For the first time, state environmental quality regulators will be working with state health experts to write new rules to better protect communities from industrial air emissions.”
Committee tackles key issues necessary to overhaul air toxics regulations
At the first meeting, the committee will discuss:
Oregon's existing air toxics program and lessons learned from other states.
What pollutants to regulate and how best to set health-based concentration levels.
How to ensure environmental justice considerations are incorporated into Oregon's air toxics control programs.
An opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 1 p.m.
“Oregon has an opportunity to develop a national model for controlling industrial air emissions,” said Governor Brown. “We want Oregon's rules to reflect the best scientific evidence and public health practice, as well as the values and concerns of Oregon's communities: healthy people and families, a healthy environment and thriving local economies. I appreciate the time committee members are committing to take on this challenge.”
The committee will meet once a month through the end of 2016, with three additional meetings in early 2017.
Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee
Oct. 18, 2016, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
Web & call-in information
Web meeting link: https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/ATTClog...
Meeting number: 1-877-873-8017, participant code: 9095232
For more information
Cleaner Air Oregon website: http://cleanerair.oregon.gov/
DEQ Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/RulesandRegulations/Pag...
Technical workgroup and policy forums webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/RulesandRegulations/Pag...
Robb Cowie, OHA, 503-421-7684, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Flynt, DEQ, 503-730-5924, email@example.com