Oregon air regulators have extended the deadline for public comment on proposed stricter air pollution rules.
The state Department of Environmental Quality announced this week that it will take comment on its Cleaner Air Oregon plan until Jan. 22, a month past the original deadline.
More than 150 people attended a public meeting about Cleaner Air Oregon earlier this month in Eugene. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency regulates air quality in Lane County, and probably would follow the state’s lead with the plan.
Cleaner Air Oregon targets air pollution from industrial and commercial operations that pose public health risks. Gov. Kate Brown launched the plan in April 2016 in response to the pollution from glass manufacturers in Portland. State officials found that some Portland companies complied with existing state rules but also emitted high levels of unregulated air pollutants that could be harmful to people living nearby.
The purpose of the program is to test for and clamp down on these unregulated toxic emissions.
Cleaner Air Oregon would begin by focusing on the toxic emissions of 80 out of the 2,500 businesses with air pollution permits in the state, none of which would be in Lane County, Oregon officials have said. If LRAPA institutes rules similar to Cleaner Air Oregon, an agency official said it would start by focusing on five to 10 of the 200 air polluters it regulates.