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Explaining Oregon’s new clean air regulation (SB 1541)

May 2, 2018 --

By Oregon Prosperity Project,

In October of 2017 the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) compiled finalized draft rules to establish a new Cleaner Air Oregon program. The draft rules would have created a costly regulatory program that would do little to improve the state’s air quality and required businesses that use any number of a list of 600 chemicals to report that data and pay off fees for emissions. Additionally, the rule would have created increased burdens on DEQ staff. A recent Secretary of State audit of DEQ revealed that their air permitting program needed improved systems and increased personnel for permitting and that they were failing to implement the current air programs.

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