Public Comments for Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking

The public comments below are only for the LRAPA Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking. Public comments will be accepted from February 1st, 2019 until March 14th, 2019 at 1 PM PST. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule amendments. Comments submitted prior to the hearing date must be submitted in writing and must be received by LRAPA by Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. Comments submitted at the hearing must be presented orally by the commenter.

Name Organization Zip Code Add. Document Comment
David Maloney
Manager, Environmental, 
Health, Safety, & Sustainability
International Paper Company 97478 PDF INTERNATIONAL PAPER
801 42nd Street
Springfield, Oregon 97478
T 541-741-5700

March 12, 2019

Mr. Merlyn Hough, Director
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency 1010 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477

RE: Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking Proposed Rules, February 1, 2019 Draft
  
Dear Mr. Hough:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) rules proposed by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). While International Paper (IP) believes that Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) could improve the CAO program, IP supports the manner that LRAPA is adopting and incorporating the CAO rules. This rulemaking allows for any future DEQ rule changes in a way that will not require updates to LRAPA rules to incorporate those future changes.

However, there is another portion of this proposed rulemaking that was not described in any of the public notice information. The text and meaning of changes to Section 15-030 Civil Penalty Determination Procedure (Mitigating and Aggravating Factors) proposes to create an unintended potential for much higher civil penalties than the current rules. The current rules duplicate the language in OAR 340-012-0145 (Determination of Aggravating or Mitigating Factors) that apply everywhere else in Oregon and should not be modified without much more public attention to how and why they are being changed.

The specific language of concern is the multiple insertions of under Section 15-030(1)(c)(C) "...occurrences (or days in duration) of the violation". IP requests that this change not be made as part of the CAO adoption rulemaking. Changes to Penalty Determination Procedures ofthis magnitude should be clearly spelled out under a separate public notice.

If you have questions or concerns about these comments, please contact me at your convenience at (541) 741-5752.

Sincerely,
David Maloney
Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety, & Sustainability
International Paper Company


Response to comment  LRAPA 97477 PDF From: Laura Seyler <laura.seyler@IPAPER.com> 
Date: March 14, 2019 at 7:40:14 AM PDT
To: Merlyn Hough <merlyn@lrapa.org>
Subject: FW: LRAPA CAO Rulemaking Comment Letter submitted 3/12/19

Hi Merlyn –

We have reviewed what you proposed in the email from Tuesday March 12, and agree that it addresses our concern about the proposed LRAPA rule adoption.
How will public access to the language change be done?
Also, it is of concern to us that the language was not well noticed, as it was a departure from past rule language.

Thank you - Laura

From: Merlyn Hough <merlyn@lrapa.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:54 PM
To: Laura Seyler <laura.seyler@IPAPER.com>
Cc: Max Hueftle <max@lrapa.org>
Subject: [External] : FW: LRAPA CAO Rulemaking Comment Letter submitted 3/12/19

Laura: Thank you for your careful review and the IP comments.
You may already be aware that LRAPA has no statutory power to vary from the EQC-DEQ rules regarding enforcement penalties. This was confirmed in the 1996 legal opinion by our counsel (second attachment). Therefore, LRAPA’s consistent intent when updating our Title 15 enforcement rules is to synchronize with DEQ’s Division 12.
Our intent to respond to your concerns is to more specifically reconcile our language in LRAPA 15-030(1)(c)(C) with DEQ’s OAR 340-012-0145(4). Specifically, on Thursday we will propose to remove the multiple insertions of “(or days in duration)” in LRAPA 15-030(1)(c)(C), and replace the existing wording in the beginning of LRAPA 15-030(1)(c)(C)
"O" is whether the violation was repeated or continuous. The values for "O" and the finding which supports each are as follows:
and replace it with the language in the beginning of OAR 340-012-0145(4)
"O" is whether the violation was repeated or ongoing. A violation can be repeated independently on the same day, thus multiple occurrences may occur within one day. Each repeated occurrence of the same violation and each day of a violation with a duration of more than one day is a separate occurrence when determining the “O” factor. Each separate violation is also a separate occurrence when determining the “O” factor. The values for “O” and the finding that supports each are as follows:
Does this adequately address your concerns?
For convenience, here are links to LRAPA Title 15 and OAR 340-012-0145.
Thank you again for your careful review and thoughtful comments. Please give me a call at 541-285-3063 if you would like to discuss.

--- Merlyn
Merlyn L. Hough, P.E., BCEE
Director
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency
1010 Main Street
Springfield OR 97477
Office phone: (541) 736-1056 x216
Cell phone: (541) 285-3063
Lon Otterby - Many Rivers Group Out Reach Chair Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club Many Rivers Group Sierra Club   PDF March 12, 2019 (Received 3/14/19)
 
Mr. Merlyn Hough, Director
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency 
1010 Main Street 
Springfield, Oregon 97477

RE: Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking Proposed Rules, February 1, 2019 Draft

Dear Mr. Hough:

The Many Rivers Group Oregon Sierra Club represents over 1500 Sierra Club members in Lane County, 
Oregon. We have worked over the last two years to insure the residents of Lane County have the 
cleanest air possible with the adoption of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’ Cleaner Air 
Oregon rules. We understand that there are several very good new rules in the Department of 
Environmental Quality’s Cleaner Air Oregon rules to increase air quality protections for the 
residents of Lane County along with the rest of Oregon. We ask that as Lane County implements these 
new rules that they do so as quickly as possible. We also ask that the Lane Regional Air Protection 
Agency keep up to date with the new greenhouse gas emission rules when Oregon’s legislature votes 
to enact House Bill 2020 that will establish a Carbon Policy Office within Oregon Department of 
Administrative Services and directs the Director of Carbon Policy Office to adopt the new Oregon 
Climate Action Program by rule.
Thank you for continuing to endeavor to make Lane County’s air the healthiest as possible for all 
our communities.

Sincerely
// Lon Otterby// Lon Otterby
Many Rivers Group Out Reach Chair Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club
Serving over 3000 members in Coos, Douglas, and Lane Counties
lon.otterby@oregon.sierraclub.org,
541-933-2246
Lisa Arkin - Executive Director Beyond Toxics   PDF
Beyond Toxics Comment on Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking in Lane County
To: Lane Regional Air Protection Agency 
Date: 3/14/2019
From: Lisa Arkin, Executive Director, Beyond Toxics

Beyond Toxics submits these comments on behalf of thousands of our members and followers. The goal of Beyond Toxics is to provide leadership for a clean and just Oregon. We work to protect vulnerable Oregonians - especially people of color, undocumented workers and children - who are disproportionately impacted and harmed by pollution in their communities and at work. We seek solutions to the root causes of pollution and advocate for environmental health and justice.

We support LRAPA to adopt the new Cleaner Air Oregon rules, approved by the EQC in 2018, in their entirety. We also urge the Agency to take steps to adopt more protective rules to protect children's health, involve impacted communities and provide air toxics emissions data to the public. We support all efforts by LRAPA to adopt risk levels that are truly protective of public health. Beyond Toxics offers the following critiques and solution-oriented recommendations that we urge LRAPA to incorporate into the Cleaner Air Oregon Rules.

1. Setting Health Protective Toxicity Risk Values for Children's Health

• CRITIQUE: At stake is the health of our State's children, whose capacity to receive air toxics through inhalation, absorption and even consumption is greater than an adult. Children are more vulnerable to serious health risks from exposure to air toxics than adults, and they are more likely to suffer both acute and chronic impacts.

California's OEHHA states:
"...children's exposures to contaminants in our air, water, and food are higher than an adult in the same setting. Because children are still growing and developing, they can be more sensitive to the adverse health effects of chemicals than an adult. In some cases, the effects are irreversible. It is increasingly recognized that exposures early in life affect adult health." [https://oehha.ca.gov/risk-assessment/childrens-heaIth]

o SOLUTION: It is critical that the rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission are based on the special vulnerability of children, are strongly health-based, follow the Precautionary Principle and uphold principles of Environmental Justice to protect vulnerable communities. LRAPA has the authority to establish protective standards to reduce the environmental burden on the health of Oregon's children. We recommend that LRAPA use the "Uncertainty Factor" that refers to the explicitly supported the use of a 10-fold safety factor in the presence of adequate toxicity risk data derived from human studies and an additional 10-fold safety factor in the absence of adequate toxicity data, for an overall safety factor of 100. This is entirely necessary because it can be difficult to pinpoint a single cause and effect’ relationship resulting from a fetus', an infant's or a child's exposure to one toxic chemical emitted by an industrial facility. Children may also experience negative developmental outcomes because developmental sequences can be altered during a child's growth and may subsequently lead to multiple negative health outcomes. For example, a child exposed to air toxics and small particulate is more likely to develop smaller lungs and reduced lung function, which may have lifelong impacts to the quality of that person's life. Furthermore, if a fetus or child is exposed to one or more air toxic chemicals during a critical window of development, the possibility of life-long disabilities should not be underestimated when setting Toxicity Reference Values (TRV). The EQC and DEQ should take into account the potential exposures to environmental toxicants during preconception, prenatal and all stages of childhood development and set TRV levels to protect children from the relevant adverse health outcomes that may occur as a result of such exposures.
We recommend:
o Cancer Lifetime Risk levels for children be set at no higher than 2 excess cancers per million people, and;
o Hazard Index for children be absolutely no higher than Hll. Anything over H/1 constitutes a health hazard for developmental exposures to functions carried out by processes within reproductive, nervous and cognitive, respiratory, immune, renal, hepatic, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems.

2. Environmental Justice
• CRITIQUE: Unlike the original DEQ proposed rules, polluters are no longer required to engage with impacted communities about the impacts to community airshed and public health. Instead,
SB 1541 places that responsibility on the Agency.
o SOLUTION: Community engagement is paramount to creating a successful Cleaner Air Oregon program. LRAPA can adopt rules that require the Agency to pursue community engagement whenever the Risk Action Levels exceed health benchmarks. Engagement materials produced by the polluter must explain in common terms the before and after impacts to health that will result from their new facility, or the negatives impacts to community health if the polluter requests any permit modifications or conditional permit language that reduces air toxic control measures. LRAPA should build into the Fee Schedule enough funding for the Community Engagement Coordinator and other staff to review these materials for accuracy, factual basis and readability. All printing costs and costs of translating community materials must be paid for by the air permit holder or applicant.

• CRITIQUE: Don't allow vagueness about how to engage a community in a meaningful way- let's make sure to spell out the protocols and include benchmarks in air toxics permitting process.
o SOLUTION: Follow the Environmental Justice "Meaningful Involvement" guidelines published on the DEQ website.
o Follow guidelines in the Environment Justice Task Force manual.
o Metrics are necessary! The Agency has proposed a 5-year evaluation of its ability to carry out "robust community engagement (see page 10 of the Proposed Draft Rules). Definitions and benchmarks are needed to measure the success of this plan.
o How can LRAPA ensure that protocols are put into place so that the 5-year evaluation is guided by impacted and overburdened communities?
o "Meaningful involvement means that:
i. Potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment or health;
ii. The public's contribution can influence the agency's decision;
iii. The concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision­ making process
iv. The decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected."

3. Implementation
■ Key Point: LRAPA should maintain strict technical standards as outlined in 340-245-0050 Source Risk Assessment. LRAPA must not equivocate or lower the standards for requiring Toxics monitoring, installation of Toxics Best Available Control Technology (TBACT) and adhering to Risk Reduction Plan. The Agency should evaluate their Risk Reduction Plan requirements minimally every 5 years to ensure that requirements for control technology are modernized, updated and provide the highest level of benefit and impact for public health, particularly for vulnerable communities. CAO is overly focused on establishing an "after the fact" technology standard. However, there is still much LRAPA can do to embed toxics reduction and health­ based standards into air permits issued under CAO rules.

■ Under OAR 340-245-0130 (6) Oregon's air regulatory agencies have allowed too much latitude for facilities to implement their Risk Reduction Plans. There is a potential for a polluter to be granted as long as 5 years to implement their Risk Reduction Plan. Meanwhile a community breathing the air will continue to bear the overburden of exposure to air toxics. LRAPA should limit the delay to no more than two years, and no more than that. This strict timeline will benefit industry and public concern by providing clear requirements and timelines.
■ LRAPA must also implement a county-wide Toxics Emissions Inventory. The public should also get to see a list of which industries have not submitted their reports or have incomplete reports. Industries must be required to verify their Inventory Reports with purchasing and production data.
Furthermore, LRAPA should invest in fence-line air monitoring. It will also be a good comparison for the emissions inventories and a way to see if results line up in terms of what industry says they are emitting and what they are actually emitting.
Beyond Toxics sat on the CAO Policy Advisory Committee during the 18+ months of work to establish rules for CAO. We took an active role commenting on CAO during the 2018 Legislature. Thank you for the opportunity to share our, critiques, assessments and recommendations. We have consistently highlighted the need to protect children and vulnerable communities with an environmental justice framework and to have good data on air toxic emissions available for public access. We look forward to further discussion and a response to our detailed comments.