We Did It

On Thursday September 29th, the DEQ's rulemaking body, the Environmental Quality Commission, voted to adopt the Permanent Rules for Colored Art Glass Manufacturers. WE DID THIS, YOU GUYS! We made this happen! I feel so proud of what we have accomplished and grateful to everyone who worked so hard on this. Our many hours of volunteer, grassroots work has paid off: asking a million questions, researching the science, talking with our neighbors, canvassing, working with other air groups, organizing events, attending and speaking out at countless meetings, ...

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EQC adopts Permanent Rules for Colored Art Glass Manufacturers

It was a little too exciting this morning as the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission took up proposed Permanent Rules for Colored Art Glass Manufacturers. You could hear a pin drop as Commissioner Rider repeatedly interrupted the staff presentation; long-term followers will remember – she was the sole vote against the Temporary Rules that, prior to today's action, were set to expire on October 18th. But in the end the rules were adopted with only Rider dissenting. Will they become the new national standard for regulating glass companies? It's been a long and ...

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Cleaner Air Oregon: Advocacy Groups Express Concerns

The Eastside Portland Air Coalition, in collaboration with Eugene-based Beyond Toxics, issued a letter this morning to Governor Kate Brown, OHA Director Lynn Saxton, Interim DEQ Director Peter Shepherd, and Deputy DEQ Director Leah Feldon. Download the Press Release here. Concerns about the Governor's Cleaner Air Oregon initiative prompted the letter. Several demands are stated – for starters, the advocacy groups ask the Governor to personally attend the first meeting, but the most compelling demand regards the perception of conflicts of interest, Dow...

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DEQ: Bullseye meets deadline

Bullseye Glass in SE Portland
SE Portland residents may have cause for optimism this morning as the DEQ announces progress at Bullseye Glass: The DEQ announcement confirmed residents' worst fears though, Arguably, of all the unfiltered chemicals Bullseye has emitted, hexavalent chromium is the most dangerous to human health. Coincidentally, it was hexavalent chromium that propelled Erin Brockovich to fame in 2000; her April visit encouraged local activists. See the DEQ news alert, Bullseye Glass Co. cleans exhaust stacks, completes installation of additional baghouse controls.

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Erin Brockovich in SE Portland, Part II

Thanks to Flying Focus Video Collective.

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Erin Brockovich in SE Portland

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

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Q&A between EPAC and OHA, DEQ, and MCH

May 4th, 2016 OHA—Oregon Health Authority DEQ—Department of Environmental Quality MCH—Multnomah County Health EPAC—Eastside Portland Air Coalition In Attendance Julie Sifuentes, Program Manager, Environmental Public Health, OHA Dr. David Farrer, Toxicologist, Environmental Public Health, OHA Keith Johnson, Air Quality Manager, DEQ Brian Boling, Laboratory Program Manager, DEQ Andrea Hamburg, Program Supervisor, Multnomah County Environmental Health Dr. Jae Douglas, Director, Multnomah County Environmental Health Dr. Paul Lewis, Tri-cou...

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DEQ Demands

We demand change
Today at noon members of the Eastside Portland Air Coalition will deliver a demand letter to interim DEQ Director Joni Hammond. It's been a month since residents learned of highly toxic emissions from Bullseye and Uroboros Glass and many have serious concerns about DEQ's actions to curtail them. Among the group's concerns, Compel an immediate cessation of any further toxic emissions from McClure Industries, Precision Castparts, Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass until best in class pollution control equipment has been installed and verified to be functional. Revoke ...

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