Monitoring

Public Records Requests

LRAPA is committed to providing full access to all public records in accordance with Oregon’s Public Records Law and agency regulations. A request for public records is a public record itself and is subject to disclosure under the law.

Requesting Public Records

LRAPA encourages reviewing information available on this website before submitting a records request. Public records law does not require LRAPA to create new public records. Nor does it require LRAPA to disclose the reasoning behind agency actions; answer questions about LRAPA records; analyze LRAPA records; or perform legal research to identify records that are responsive to a request.

Each request should include the following information:

  • Requestor’s name
  • Mailing address (if you would like the records mailed)
  • Email Address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Date and time of request (for mail-in requests only)
  • Nature of the request, specifically identifying the public records being requested

Submission

All record requests must be submitted through this record request webpage or made in writing and mailed or delivered to LRAPA’s office at 1010 Main St. Springfield, OR 97477. Only written record requests are accepted.

Fees

For copies of agency records, there is a $0.15 per-page fee for standard black and white photocopies and a $0.10 per page fee for scanned copies after the first 50 pages. Additional fees may apply for postage and nonstandard copies such as color copies, oversized documents, and photographs.

Fees may also include cost of staff time to collect, review, and provide requested records.

Timeline

LRAPA policy is to provide requested records within five business days of receiving the records request. In instances when a timeline is expected to take longer than five business days, LRAPA will acknowledge the request within five business days and provide an expected timeline to fulfill the request. The business day the request is received is considered “day one,” not the date the request was submitted.

If LRAPA determines a payment of fee is required prior to completing a records request, this notification will be provided within five business days of receiving the records request. Record collection will not begin until the fee is paid. If no response is received to the fee estimate or clarifying question within 60 days, LRAPA will close the request.

Records Request
Please describe the nature of the request, specifically identifying the public records being requested. LRAPA encourages as much specificity as possible in the request to enable the Agency to more efficiently locate and provide the requested records.

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.