Rulemaking

The LRAPA rules seek to improve regulations that will achieve clean air quality in Lane County. LRAPA works closely with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create and implement rules that will improve our local air shed.

One of the most crucial parts of the rulemaking process is the opportunity for public involvement. These opportunities are presented during
information meetings, public hearings, LRAPA citizen advisory committee meetings, LRAPA board of directors meetings, and periods inviting public comment.

LRAPA adopts rules under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for Lane County that may change the State Implementation Plan (SIP). SIP rulemakings go before the LRAPA Board of Directors and the
Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), the DEQ’s formal policy and rulemaking body, for separate approval in a process of joint rulemaking between the agencies. LRAPA rules go into effect in Lane County once the LRAPA Board of Directors has adopted them. Once the EQC adopts the rules adopted at LRAPA then the rules are entered into the SIP and submitted by process to the EPA for final approval and submission into the Federal Register.
 
  1. Adopted Rules
  2. Proposed Rules

The LRAPA Board adopted at the November 10, 2016 Hearing the Updated Oakridge-Westfir PM2.5 Attainment Plan

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) rely upon local air quality stakeholders in developing key aspects of air quality plans to assure that community needs are met. Feedback from the public is a crucial part of plan development.

DEQ and LRAPA are proposing to adopt an air quality attainment plan for the non-attainment area surrounding the cities of Oakridge and Westfir designed to meet compliance with the federal public health standards for particulate matter 2.5 microns and less (PM2.5). High concentrations of PM2.5 inhaled by an individual can cause unwanted health effects especially in children, the elderly, or those with lung or heart disease.

The adopted PM2.5 plan is an update to the 2012 plan and will bring the Oakridge area into compliance with the 2006 24-hour standard by the end of 2016 as required by federal law.  Oakridge does not violate the annual PM2.5 standard. This attainment plan fulfills federal requirements regarding EPA designated nonattainment areas.

To view the plan and related documents click the links below:

The Updated Oakridge-Westfir PM2.5 Attainment Plan

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