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Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold three virtual town hall meetings to discuss a new program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon on the following dates:

• Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 – 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 – 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 1 – 4 p.m.

The meetings will be conducted through the Zoom web conferencing platform, and call-in options using a toll-free conference line are available for people to connect by phone instead of Zoom.

The town hall meetings are an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to share verbal and written comments and learn more about the purpose and development of a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, key policy issues under consideration and what to expect during the rulemaking process. DEQ will invite comments on community priorities and ideas on what program success means to Oregonians.

Meeting information and additional materials will be posted to DEQ’s website prior to the meeting. These materials will include a brief overview of public engagement opportunities and a greenhouse gas emissions reduction program, a policy primer to describe key topics under consideration in reader-friendly language, a glossary of terms, an agenda and slide deck. A post-meeting recording of the town halls will be posted on DEQ’s website.

For alternative formats, interpretation needs and materials in languages other than English, please contact DEQ at 800-452-4011 or email deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

Background
On March 10, 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04, directing state agencies to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change in agency planning. One specific directive to the Environmental Quality Commission and Oregon DEQ is to develop program options to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DEQ is conducting a process over the next year and a half to design a greenhouse gas reduction program that is shaped by input from stakeholders and the public. This timeline is in order to begin program implementation by January 2022.

For more information visit the Oregon DEQ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program homepage .


About The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Media Contact:
Harry Esteve, 503-951-3856; esteve.harry@deq.state.or.us


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