Full of contradictory emotions while getting my daughter ready to go to a school filled with asbestos, lead, not yet earthquake proof, and a current construction site. Her high school sits on land across the street from Bullseye Glass, a polluter that has spewed unregulated (by my definition) toxic emissions for 46 years, including off the charts hexavalent chromium, cadmium, arsenic, and lead. We live half a mile from Bullseye. And my daughter’s schools, both primary and secondary, have been even closer. This is the air she has breathed her entire life. Industry abounds ...
I placed it on my calendar as "DEQ Vision and Strategic Goals" – the email came on short notice. The Environmental Quality Commission met this morning to review everything from budgets and setting priorities to the quite candid discussion of DEQ's credibility and how to rebuild it.
Listen to the first hour – you'll have to guess who's speaking, but one thing you'll hear is their frank comments about an agency that is working to rebuild trust.
As part of the regulatory reform process, the Oregon DEQ Technical Workgroup held two day-long meetings this week to compare and contrast different air toxics programs across the country. Programs compared were: Louisville, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Coast (CA), Washington. Oregon was strangely missing.
See the DEQ Technical Workgroup page for more information and to read the white papers the group discussed.
Here is a brief summary of my notes. I also posted these notes in the EPAC Facebook group so we can all discuss.
A documentary film by Portland filmmaker and clean air advocate Sharon Genasci about air toxics and their effects. Learn about air monitoring, studies by Oregon DEQ, and what we can do to clean up our air.
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.
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 ...