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Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Mission: To protect public health, community well-being and the environment as a leader and advocate for the improvement and maintenance of air quality in Lane County.

Established in 1968, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) is the local air quality authority for Lane County, Oregon. LRAPA’s staff of 19 work to achieve and maintain clean air across the county. Supported by our member entities of Lane County, Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Oakridge, and guided by our nine-member Board of Directors, we play an active role in community development and planning. Despite an increase in population and traffic, the air quality for Lane County’s metro area has continued to improve since our inception.

Air Quality - Lane Regional Air Pollution AgencyLRAPA is responsible for assuring Lane County meets federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set by the Clean Air Act. The agency does this by monitoring ambient air and implementing programs to protect air quality. We issue home wood heating advisories, regulate outdoor burning, respond to air quality complaints, and issue operational air permits to industrial and commercial business. LRAPA is also responsible for implementing Cleaner Air Oregon – Oregon’s Air Toxics program – in Lane County.

LRAPA is proud of the increased service of monitoring our agency provides. Our agency supports eight government-grade monitoring sites. Two of these sites monitor for ozone, six sites monitor for Particulate Matter, and two sites monitor for Hazardous Air Pollutants. In addition, LRAPA has installed over 90 commercial grade Particulate Matter sensors throughout the county to improve public access to air quality information. In comparison to the similarly sized Salem-Keizer metro and wider Marion County area, Lane County has a higher density of monitoring activities.

LRAPA is the only local clean air agency in Oregon. The rest of the state’s air is monitored and regulated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Being local, LRAPA presents more opportunity for voices in our communities to be recognized, heard, and hold influence over decisions made regarding Lane County’s air.



LRAPA monitors air quality throughout Lane County with eight regulatory-grade monitors and over 90 commercial-grade air sensors. Air Quality Index values are updated hourly.

Find the current air quality, look up the closest monitor to you, and learn more about the Air Quality Index (AQI) on the Current Air Quality Page.

LRAPA regulates the burning of wood and yard debris, known as “outdoor burning,” in Lane County. LRAPA also enforces home wood heating – such as fireplaces and wood stoves – opacity ordinances for the cities of Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge.

Seasonal and daily restrictions can exist for both forms of burning. Check to see if there are any active burning curtailments in effect on the burning restrictions webpage.

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LRAPA is responsible for issuing air permits to commercial and industrial operations with emissions above a certain threshold. Check to see if your business needs a permit by following our 5-step guide on our Permitting Overview webpage.

Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are heat-resistant, strong and extremely durable. Asbestos has historically been used in over 4,000 building products because of these properties.

Asbestos can cause lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure to friable asbestos.

LRAPA regularly solicits public comment on proposed agency actions such as rule changes, proposed air permits, and the agency’s annual budget. LRAPA also hosts monthly Board of Director and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings.

Learn more about these public comment window and public meetings on our News, Notices & Public Calendar webpage.

The physical environment is a crucial component of any individual’s health and well-being.  Every community needs access to safe air, land and water.  LRAPA has curated together a collation of topics commonly asked about by the community to provide information, important details, and connect interested community members with resources.

Explore the many topics of information on our Community Center webpage.

LRAPA is the local air authority responsible for monitoring Lane County’s air and administering programs that protect and improve air quality. LRAPA was founded in 1968 as an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Springfield and Eugene. Today’s intergovernmental agreement includes Lane County and the cities of Cottage Grove, Eugene, Oakridge, and Springfield.