EPA taking comment on permits for dams along lower Columbia and Snake rivers

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking the public for comment on draft discharge permits for eight federally regulated dams along the lower Columbia and lower Snake rivers. Public comments will be taken until May 4. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose andContinue reading “EPA taking comment on permits for dams along lower Columbia and Snake rivers”

DEQ Laboratory releases air toxics monitoring summary

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released its 2018 Oregon Air Toxics Monitoring Summary for six locations around the state, including The Dalles, La Grande and four sites in the Portland-metro area. The goal was to determine concentrations in certain communities, including urban and rural areas, and compare the results. DEQ will use the informationContinue reading “DEQ Laboratory releases air toxics monitoring summary”

DEQ to play a big role in upcoming legislative session

The biennial “short session” of the Oregon Legislature opens Monday, Feb. 3, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will figure prominently when the gavels come down in the House and Senate.

DEQ opposes rollbacks of Clean Water Act regulations

On Oct. 21, 2019, Gov. Kate Brown sent a letter to the Acting Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency detailing opposition to proposed changes to section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Section 401 gives the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and tribes the authority to issue water quality certifications for projects that require aContinue reading “DEQ opposes rollbacks of Clean Water Act regulations”