What Is Cleaner Air Oregon?
Governor Kate Brown launched the Cleaner Air Oregon rulemaking process in 2016 after communities around the state raised concerns about their exposure to potentially harmful heavy metals, chemicals and other pollutants from factories and other industrial sources. Both Oregon and Lane County’s existing rules were based on federal law which allowed industrial facilities to release potentially harmful amounts of air toxics, but still operate within legal requirements. Cleaner Air Oregon was adopted in Lane County by LRAPA’s Board of Directors in 2019.
LRAPA is responsible for the implementation of Cleaner Air Oregon in Lane County. Outside of Lane County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for implementation. LRAPA will implement Division 245-Cleaner Air Oregon by reference to DEQ’s rules without any changes.
In addition to closing gaps in existing air quality rules, Cleaner Air Oregon rules will provide the public greater access to air toxics emissions data and create more certainty for regulated facilities in addressing community health concerns.