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Statewide, OR—The closure of Portland General Electric’s coal-fired power plant in Boardman, OR, represents a significant milestone in the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help avoid the worst effects of climate change, said Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Director Richard Whitman.

The 550 megawatt power plant was the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Plans to shut down the plant were part of a 2010 agreement between PGE, DEQ and other state agencies.

“DEQ acknowledges and appreciates the leadership of PGE and state officials, past and present, to achieve this environmental success,” Whitman said. “The closure of the Boardman Coal Plant helps put the state on a path toward cleaner, safer air while we continue to develop climate-friendly sources of electricity.”

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.

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Harry Esteve, Communications Manager, Oregon DEQ, 503-951-3856;


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