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EPA And Oregon Partner To Monitor Air Quality

EPA And Oregon Partner To Monitor Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $314,375 to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to support air monitoring programs. The grant will help ODEQ maintain the state’s monitoring network for hazardous air pollutants. The state’s program also helps reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants and enforcement of air regulations within the state. 

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“EPA and our regulatory partners at the state and local level have taken significant steps to dramatically reduce hazardous air pollutants and provide important health protections,” said EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick. “This grant helps further protect our communities and gives us a better understanding of the air pollution sources that may be affecting Oregon’s local air quality.”

“EPA’s grant will support our ability to make science-based decisions, which is the cornerstone of our work and critical for advancing healthy communities and economic progress in Oregon,” said ODEQ Director Richard Whitman. “Our progress is most effectively achieved with support from our federal partners and work with local communities to meet regulatory standards.”

There are currently 187 hazardous air pollutants, or air toxics, regulated under the Clean Air Act that have been associated with a wide variety of adverse health effects, including cancer and neurological effects. These air toxics are emitted from multiple sources, including major stationary, area, and mobile sources, resulting in community exposure to these pollutants.

The National Air Toxics Trends Station program was developed to fulfill the need for long-term hazardous air pollutants monitoring data of consistent quality. These sites are part of a 27-site national network of air pollution monitoring stations. The primary purpose of the network is tracking trends in ambient air pollutant levels to help measure progress toward reducing emissions and health risks.

ODEQ is currently operating two of these National Air Toxics Trends monitoring sites in Oregon. One station is in La Grande (a rural site) and the other is in Portland (an urban site). EPA grant funding supports the activities of ODEQ in the operation of these two sites. EPA has provided grant funding to support DEQ’s air quality monitoring program for more than a decade.

Background
 
EPA’s most recent air trends report highlights that, between 1970 and 2017, the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropped by 73 percent, while the U.S. economy grew more than three times. A closer look at more recent progress shows that between 1990 and 2017, average concentrations of harmful air pollutants decreased significantly across our nation:
 
Sulfur dioxide (1-hour) ↓ 88 percent
Lead (3-month average) ↓80 percent
Carbon monoxide (8-hour) ↓ 77 percent
Nitrogen dioxide (annual) ↓ 56 percent
Fine Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 40 percent
Coarse Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 34 percent and
Ground-level ozone (8-hour) ↓ 22 percent
 
The report includes interactive graphics that enable citizens, policymakers, and stakeholders to view and download detailed information by pollutant, geographic location, and year. Explore the report and download graphics and data here: U.S. Air Trends Report.
 
The Clean Air Act was established to lower levels of six common pollutants — particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide — and toxic pollutants. Data of actual conditions is key to state and local clean air programs and areas reaching attainment.
 
The progress of the Clean Air Act reflects efforts by state, local governments, business, non-profit and non-government organizations, and EPA. EPA continues to work with states, local governments, tribes, and citizens – to further improve air quality for all Americans.

Electric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue

Electric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue

Electric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue. In addition to seeing more green-painted bikeways in Bellevue, starting this week you’ll see more green bicycles as part of the city’s one-year bike share pilot. Bellevue’s is the first bike share system in the Pacific Northwest to feature exclusively electric-assisted bicycles (also called e-bikes) and a network of preferred… Continue Reading

EDF Renewables-PGGM  Agreements On US Wind And Solar Projects

EDF Renewables-PGGM Agreements On US Wind And Solar Projects

EDF Renewables North America announced on August 1,2018 the signing of two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund will acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in the following projects: Glacier’s Edge Wind and Valentine Solar. Combined capacity of the projects is 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to… Continue Reading

Sagebrush Hospitality Can Save Vineyards

Sagebrush Hospitality Can Save Vineyards

Sagebrush is a protective home for good bugs that help fight harmful pests on grape vines, according to new research from Washington State University scientists. Sagebrush Hospitality Can Save Vineyards This finding could be a huge benefit for local vineyards who want to manage pests and reduce their use of pesticides. The work recently was… Continue Reading

Captain Paul Watson of Whale Wars and Sea Shepherd in San Diego Saturday

Captain Paul Watson of Whale Wars and Sea Shepherd in San Diego Saturday

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Founder Captain Paul Watson will be in San Diego, California, on Saturday July 28th, 2018 from 10am-2pm aboard the M/V Farley Mowat at 1492 N Harbor Drive to talk about our current campaigns that are saving our ocean’s marine life. The M/V Farley Mowat has just returned from the most successful campaign… Continue Reading

Plastic Bag Ordinance In Kenmore

Plastic Bag Ordinance In Kenmore

Plastic Bag Ordinance In Kenmore was adopted by the city council on Monday, July 23, 2018. The new plastic bag policy will be effective next year January 1, 2019. Plastic Bag Ordinance In Kenmore The said ordinance was said to encourage the use of reusable carryout bags in the City of Kenmore. The policy prohibits retailers… Continue Reading

San Diego-Based Torrey Holistics Awarded First Adult Use License by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control

San Diego based Torrey Holistics recently announced that California has chosen the collective to be the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state. Thousands of businesses applied for the license prior to the state’s awarding of the first license yesterday. Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics… Continue Reading

Puget Sound to Get EPA Funding for Protection, Conservation & Recovery

The Northwest office of the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced today through its National Estuary Program it is providing $25.2 million in grant funds to state, local and tribal Puget Sound recovery and conservation efforts. “A healthy Puget Sound is vital to the environmental and economic health of Washington state,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.… Continue Reading

Five Holiday Sustainability Tips from Republic Services

This holiday season, Republic Services, Inc. encourages consumers across the country to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into celebrations and family gatherings with five simple tips. “The holiday season can be a hectic time of year for just about everyone,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services. “Many of us want to… Continue Reading

Washington Bikes Ride in the Rain Challenge kicks off Wednesday, November 1

Get your fenders in place and take on the rain! This November 1-30, Washington Bikes is inviting everyone in the state of Washington to participate in the Ride in the Rain Challenge, a friendly competition among two-wheeled teams to bike as much as possible—for fun, for work or for just getting around town.   Participants log… Continue Reading