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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EQC Meets to Refine the Recruitment Search

The initial search process failed to identify a suitable candidate to be the permanent Director of the DEQ. As the Environmental Quality Commission takes stock of what to do next, a professional search firm from Colorado is selected and today's meeting includes a wide-ranging discussion of what went wrong so far and how the Commission wants to go forward. Listen to the Commissioners describe the "gaps" in the experience of the initial candidates that have been reviewed. The second agenda item leads to the Commission's unanimous consent to elevate Leah Feldon ...

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EQC Meets to discuss Director Recruitment

All the current candidates are impressive, but the EQC feels it must use professional search to find the next DEQ Director. Listen to the conference call. Download the agenda.

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Strategic Goals for DEQ

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. http://airAdvocacy.org/mp3/EQC-July-2016.mp3

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Special DEQ Meeting About Temporary Glass Making Regulations

Staff Presentation Public comments & commission action Agenda The commission will convene for a special meeting on March 15, 2016, to take action on proposed temporary rules, and potentially on temporary rule amendments to existing rules, in Oregon Administrative Rules chapter 340, division 244. The proposed temporary rules and amendments will be regarding air quality emissions from facilities within the Portland Air Quality Maintenance Area that manufacture colored glass for use in art, architecture, interior design and other similar decorative ...

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Special Meeting About New DEQ Director

Audio Commission Discussion Action and Next Steps Agenda The commission will convene for a special meeting on March 14, 2016, to discuss hiring the permanent director for DEQ. Staff from the Oregon Department of Justice may advise the commissioners on their role, legal rights and responsibilities and potential processes for hiring DEQ’s director. Commissioners may discuss and take action on any next steps for the hiring process. Following the EQC discussion, the commission will open a public comment opportunity specific to these matters. People interested ...

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