Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has identified 20 industrial sites for review in the first year of implementing the newly adopted Cleaner Air Oregon (http://cleanerair.oregon.gov) rules. The facilities were selected based on preliminary emissions reports and other factors. Regulators will now conduct more in-depth analysis to determine whether the facilities pose health risks and if air permits should be revised.
“This is an important step in initiating this program following the direction of Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature,” said DEQ Director Richard Whitman. “Cleaner Air Oregon will close the gap in the state’s program for regulating industrial air toxics.”
The agency followed a protocol established during the Cleaner Air Oregon rulemaking process to select permitted facilities to review in the first year. DEQ used both quantitative and qualitative screening factors, such as preliminary reports on the amount of materials released by each facility and the facility’s proximity to people and vulnerable populations, as well as qualitative factors, such as data completeness and accuracy.
The decision as to which facilities to review first was not based on a health risk assessment. DEQ will determine health risks from emissions of toxic air contaminants after a facility completes a health risk assessment in the next phase of the Cleaner Air Oregon program. DEQ expects to review 20 facilities in the first year.
First Year Facilities to perform CAO Risk Assessments
(Group 1: 20 Facilities)
AmeriTies West, LLC
Chemical Waste Management of the Northwest, Inc.
Collins Pine Company - Lakeview
Oil Re-Refining Company
Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
Eagle Foundry Co.
EcoLube Recovery LLC
Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc.
Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
PCC Structurals, Inc. - Large Parts Campus
PCC Structurals, Inc. - SSBO
Stimson Lumber Company
Wolf Steel Foundry, Inc.
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc.
Covanta Marion, Inc.
Entek International LLC
Georgia-Pacific Toledo LLC
Hollingsworth & Vose Fiber Company
Packaging Corporation of America
Roseburg Forest Products Co. - Medford
DEQ will begin its work with six facilities, two in each of its operational regions: Eastern Office - AmeriTies West, LLC and Chemical Waste Management of the Northwest, Inc.; Northwest Office - Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc. and Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.; and Western Office - Entek International LLC and Roseburg Forest Products Co. - Medford. DEQ will continue to call in other Group 1 facilities over the next year, followed by Group 2 and Group 3. A detailed list of the groups is provided in the Cleaner Air Oregon Facility Prioritization Results report (http://go.usa.gov/xEdyy).
New facilities applying for an air permit need to identify potential air toxics emissions and assess associated risks before submitting their permit application. Applications for permit modifications do not trigger Cleaner Air Oregon requirements, unless they are making a major modification to their facility.
Community engagement remains a fundamental priority for the development and implementation of Cleaner Air Oregon. DEQ and OHA have dedicated staff to engage facilities and communities, including a community engagement coordinator, a technical assistance coordinator and a public health educator.
DEQ will host a public information session to provide an overview of the program and answer questions regarding Cleaner Air Oregon. The date, time and location will be announced in the near future.
About Cleaner Air Oregon
Governor Kate Brown created Cleaner Air Oregon in 2016 and the Environmental Quality Commission adopted the program into rule in November 2018. The regulations require facilities to report toxic air contaminant emissions, assess potential health risks and reduce risks that exceed health-based action levels set in rule. The Cleaner Air Oregon program and rules add public health-based protection from the emissions of toxic air contaminants to the state’s existing air permitting regulatory framework. DEQ established prioritization guidelines to inform the call-in of existing sources.
For additional information on Cleaner Air Oregon, please visit http://cleanerair.oregon.gov
Susan C. Mills, DEQ Public Affairs Specialist, 503-956-9648, Mills.Susan@deq.state.or.us