5 results for month: 06/2016


Erin Brockovich in SE Portland, Part II

Thanks to Flying Focus Video Collective.

Oregon’s Air Laws Are failing us

It started with a patch of moss... In 2013, U.S. Forest Service scientists began collecting samples of moss from trees in Portland, Oregon as part of a ground breaking air quality study. Based on past research indicating that concentrations of elements found in moss are reflective of atmospheric concentrations, the Forest Service was able to use those samples to not only identify air toxics, but estimate their locations and, in some cases, their sources. Continue reading at The Portland Air Problem.

Erin Brockovich in SE Portland

Footage from April 2, 2016 – thanks to Flying Focus Video Collective.

EPAC Meets with Wyden, Merkley and Blumenauer Staff

EPAC met with the Wyden, Merkley and Blumenauer field representatives and staffers this week. We were joined by our colleagues at Hayden Island Neighborhood Association, Cully Air Action Team, South Portland Air Quality, Portland Clean Air, and Neighbors for Clean Air. We demonstrated the solidarity we have built as sister advocacy groups and what it looks like when those affected most put their voices together for a common goal. In addition to our own work, we discussed naphthalene in The Dalles, glyphosate in Portland Parks, the work that Beyond Toxics is doing all over Oregon, the unregulated demolition of houses containing lead and ...

The Tree Moss Report

The study that ignited a firestorm in SE Portland – the U.S. Forest Service released its long-anticipated tree moss report today. Cheaper than instrument air monitors, hundreds of tree moss samples were taken around Portland. The results led to clear pinpointing of toxic metal emissions where regulators had only suspicions previously. Since word first broke of the study and the hotspots around glass manufacturers it showed, almost non-stop attention has been focused on the DEQ, the surrounding neighborhood and local elected officials as they came to terms with what apparently had been happening, in Bullseye Glass's case, for 42 years – ...