Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Oregon senators urge more funding for federal air quality programs

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently sent a letter to request more funding for federal air quality programs following revelations that several Portland neighborhoods have high levels of heavy metals in their air.
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Oregon Statue University to pay $275,000 penalty for hazardous waste regulation violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with Oregon State University (OSU) over violations of federal waste identification rules in an agreement that will see the university provide comprehensive training for staff and pay a $275,000 penalty.
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Oregon Environmental Quality Commission extends public comment period on temporary emissions regulations

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently extended the public comment period, which will continue until March 30, on a set of temporary rules that would regulate the metals emissions from Portland’s small colored art glass manufacturing facilities.
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Oregon DEQ proposes approving permit renewal for Silver Lake and Paisley Transfer Stations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently proposed approving solid waste permit renewals for the Silver Lake and Paisley Transfer Stations, which would allow the facilities to continue accepting solid waste and collecting, sorting and storing recyclables.
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0regon DEQ accepting comments on water quality permit for Timberline Lodge

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now accepting public comments on the conditions for the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) permit for Timberline Lodge.
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Oregon DEQ to propose updates to water quality standards for copper

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is beginning work toward proposing new water quality standards for copper, which will be based on the Biotic Ligand Model rather than simply water hardness correction.
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Oregon DEQ extends public comment period for Clean Water Services water quality permit

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently extended the public comment period on a National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) permit for Clean Water Services.
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Merkley bill calls for end to federal leasing of fossil fuel extraction on public lands

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently introduced a bill called the Keep It in the Ground Act to prevent federal leases for fossil fuel extraction from public lands.
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Oregon DEQ proposes increased fees for solid waste disposal

The revisions would implement new legislation as well as expand grant rules.
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Oregon proposes updates to Clean Fuels Program

Department of Environmental Quality accepting public comments on proposed changes until Oct. 21
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Oregon lifts some waste disposal regulations to ease wildfire cleanup

In response to wildfires in Oregon’s Baker, Douglas, Grant and Wallowa counties, state Department of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen signed an emergency order waiving state regulations on waste disposal Monday.
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EPA Administrator McCarthy heads to Oregon to award DERA grant

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will award the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant in Portland on Wednesday.
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