Air Quality

Clean Air Act
Clean Air Act

Publications, Reports, and Fact Sheets

LRAPA publishes numerous press releases, fact sheets, and reports as the agency monitors and regulates air quality in Lane County. This page is a repository and archive of those informational resources.

Items on this page are available in Adobe .pdf format. If there is a need for a report or document older than January 1, 2020, please submit a records request on LRAPA’s records request webpage.

Press Releases

View LRAPA Press Releases From 2020 to Present
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Fact Sheets

View Fact Sheets for Outdoor Burning, Asbestos & Home wood heating
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Director Reports

View Director Reports from 2020 to Present
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Enforcement Reports

View Enforcement Reports From 2020 to Present
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Annual Reports

View Annual Reports from 1968 to Present
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Air Quality Attainment

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When EPA establishes a new national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) or revises an existing NAAQS, it sets in motion two major actions aimed at ensuring that air quality throughout the country meets those standards:

1) EPA must designate areas as meeting (attainment) or not meeting (nonattainment) the standard; and

2) The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to develop State Implementation Plans (SIPs): a general plan to attain and maintain the NAAQS in all areas of the country, and a specific plan to attain the standards for each area designated nonattainment for a NAAQS.

LRAPA is responsible for crafting SIPs to meet and maintain NAAQS in Lane County. Below are the following plans for our area.

Eugene/Springfield Airshed:

Oakridge Airshed:

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.