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Gov. Brown Promises 'Sweeping Change' From New Air Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Governor’s Advisor Tapped to Lead Environmental Agency For Now

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 4, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Richard Whitman is Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's natural resource policy director. But soon he will become the interim director of the troubled Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

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Conservationists Sue PGE Over Water Quality Standards At Round Butte Dam

OPB | July 14, 2016 6:15 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Conservationists allege that since the installation of a water mixing device, Portland General Electric has violated state water quality standards more than 1,200 times. 

News | Air | Business | Environment | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Southeast Portland Residents Sue Precision Castparts Over Pollution

Pamplin Media Group | July 13, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Portland

Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that its toxic air emissions have harmed their health and decreased property values.

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Oregon DEQ Fines Coos Bay For Sludge Overflow

The Coos Bay World | July 11, 2016 8:28 a.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday announced that it has fined the City of Coos Bay $8,000 as a result of a Jan. 13 sludge overflow.

Air | Environment

Oregon Department Of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen Steps Down

OPB/EarthFix | March 1, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen is stepping down effective mid-March, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

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DEQ Levies $25,000 Penalty For Medford Wastewater Discharge

AP | June 23, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Medford, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the Medford Water Commission $25,000 because it discharged 1.65 million gallons of chlorinated wastewater into Lone Pine Creek.

News | Water | Environment

Oregon Businesses Facing Tighter Water Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 11:51 a.m.

Hundreds of Oregon industrial facilities are now facing tighter restrictions on their stormwater pollution.

Transportation | Ecotrope

New Group Opposes Oregon's Clean Fuels Plan

Ecotrope | Dec. 3, 2012 2:42 a.m.

More than a dozen fuel users groups and business organizations are uniting to oppose new rules for cleaner fuels in Oregon.

Air | Ecotrope

Neighbors Press Daimler Plant To Reduce Air Pollution In North Portland

Ecotrope | Nov. 8, 2012 12:10 a.m.

Neighbors of a Daimler Truck manufacturing facility on Swan Island say the plant is putting out noxious odors that are making them sick.

Sustainability | Water | Air | Environment | Ecotrope

Q&A: Reducing Toxic Chemicals In Oregon

Ecotrope | July 5, 2012 3:24 a.m.

Kevin Masterson is the toxics coordinator for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. His main job is to find ways to reduce toxic chemicals in the environment – in air, water and on land.

Air | Ecotrope

In Portland: More Maps Of Toxic Air Pollutants

Ecotrope | May 30, 2012 2:49 a.m.

I was on Think Out Loud yesterday talking about the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's report on toxic air pollutants in the Portland metro area. As I wrote on the blog last week, most of the toxins DEQ has mapped are coming from everyday sources: Our cars, trucks, lawn mowers, construction equipment and wood stoves. Metal foundries were the main ...

Air | Ecotrope

Mapping Portland’s Everyday Air Toxics

Ecotrope | May 25, 2012 8:48 a.m.

Will Portland's air be safe to breathe in 2017?

Water | Ecotrope

Obama: Medford Has The Right Idea

Ecotrope | March 6, 2012 1:20 p.m.

At Friday's White House Conference on Conservation, President Barack Obama tipped his hat to Medford’s new thermal trading program, which he held up as an example of a win-win for business and the environment.

Air | Ecotrope

Portland's DIY model for reducing air pollution

Ecotrope | Nov. 30, 2011 2:24 p.m.

When the poor air quality around Northwest Portland schools made national headlines in 2009, the complaint department at the ESCO reached its limit.

Sustainability | Ecotrope

The impacts of bottles vs. cans: Further analysis

Ecotrope | July 13, 2011 4:16 a.m.

I wanted to respond to Eliesparrow's questions about the impacts of recycling bottles and cans with some additional information that I got from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's packaging expert and waste prevention specialist David Allaway.

Water | Ecotrope

What good is a DEQ standard that can't be met?

Ecotrope | Feb. 16, 2011 10:54 p.m.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing the nation's most stringent water quality standards to reduce toxics in the fish we eat from Oregon streams and lakes.

Water | Ecotrope

New rules permit recycling kitchen and bathwater

Ecotrope | Jan. 26, 2011 5:24 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is responding to a 2009 law with a new permit that will allow people to reuse kitchen and bathwater for irrigation. The state's limited water resources have spurred public interest in using "graywater" as a water source. Graywater can include wastewater from sinks, showers, baths and laundries, but does not include toilet or garbage ...

Water | Ecotrope

Cleaning up toxic water so we can eat more fish

Ecotrope | Jan. 6, 2011 3:34 a.m.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality just announced a series of public hearings on new water quality standards that are designed to reduce toxics in the fish we eat from Oregon streams and lakes. The state agency has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency to design the right water pollution limits for the amount of fish Oregonians eat. In June ...