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Rules & Regulations

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) was established under Oregon Statute 449 (now 468.A) and approved by the Oregon Sanitary Authority (now Environmental Quality Commission), effective January 1, 1968, to exercise the functions vested by statute within the boundaries of Lane County. LRAPA implements Lane County’s air quality regulations through its rules and related programs. LRAPA’s rules closely mimic those from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Changes to DEQ’s rules usually result in subsequent changes to LRAPA’s rules because LRAPA’s rules cannot be less strict than DEQ.

LRAPA seeks public involvement during the rule development process by conducting informational meetings, holding public hearings, and inviting public comment.

All LRAPA’s rules are publicly available on this page, divided by each Title. A fully searchable combined PDF of all LRAPA Rules and Regulations is placed at the bottom of this page.

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Proposed & Newly Adopted Rules

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency was established under Oregon Statute 449 (now 468.A) and approved by the Oregon Sanitary Authority (now Environmental Quality Commission), effective January 1, 1968, to exercise the functions vested by statute within the boundaries of Lane County.

This section lists any proposed changes to LRAPA’s rules and displays any adopted rule changes over the last five years.

Adopted Rules

The list below includes any adopted rule changes since 2020.

October 14, 2021

The LRAPA Board adopted on October 14, 2021 the Oakridge-Westfir PM2.5 Redesignation Request and PM2.5 Maintenance Plan as well as the Oakridge-Westfir PM10 Redesignation Request and PM10 Maintenance Plan.

A public hearing was held on October 14, 2021. The Board adopted the rules with adjustments based on public comments received.

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.