How Does Cleaner Air Oregon Work?
Cleaner Air Oregon provides additional authority to LRAPA to regulate industrial facilities for the releasing any of 600 different pollutants called “Air Toxics.”
Emissions inventory: when a facility is called into Cleaner Air Oregon the first step is to create an emissions inventory. An Emissions Inventory is a list, and quantity, of the regulated pollutants emitted by a facility.
Modeling Protocol: A computer model uses Lane County’s topography, climate, weather data, and more to calculate how, and in what quantity, pollutants move across Lane County and who is exposed to them.
Risk Assessment: Using exposure information established from the modeling protocol, a Risk Assessment is conducted that describes the Potential Health Risk from that exposure to those who live, work, and play nearby.
Risk Reduction Plan: Dependent on how high the Potential Health Risk is from the Risk Assessment, a Risk Reduction Plan may be developed to implement changes at a facility to lower the Potential Health Risk to a regulatorily acceptable level.
Community Engagement: Community engagement is a core tenant of Cleaner Air Oregon and can happen at any point of the process. The program may also, depending on the Potential Health risk, require sources to conduct and participate in community engagement efforts.