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Marcia Danab
Oregon DEQ 503-229-6488
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OHA Public Health 971-246-9139

7/14/2016

Agencies extend deadline for Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee application process to July 21

Portland — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority are extending the deadline to July 21 for accepting applications for community stakeholder positions on the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee. The agencies have learned that an additional week is important to allow full participation.

The application process is the result of the two agencies’ efforts align air toxics regulations with public health, based on community input from a 14-day comment period that closed May 27. That community input helped identify key additional positions on the advisory committee to better ensure representation of diverse community interests. Every public comment was factored into the process.

To fill the 10 open advisory committee positions, DEQ and OHA are seeking applications from qualified parties representing neighborhood groups, small businesses, unions and people with technical or academic expertise in pollution control or toxics.
 
These additional committee openings, along with 14 committee seats identified by DEQ and OHA, will help advise the agencies on the regulatory reform process. The goal of the advisory committee is to represent a diversity of state perspectives on air quality, including tribal entities health organizations, local government, environmental justice, industry, statewide environmental organizations and other affected groups.

In April Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. DEQ and OHA have begun the formal rulemaking process to assemble the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee as part of the effort to engage the public in creating human health risk-based rules for industrial facilities, for consideration by the Environmental Quality Commission.

Those interested in applying for one of the open stakeholder positions on the advisory committee should complete and submit the application, which is available on the DEQ website. The application period closes July 21 at 4 p.m.

To learn more about this rulemaking and the advisory committee you can visit the rulemaking web page.

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