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 theEnvironmental 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.