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State air quality regulators seek comments on draft Cleaner Air Oregon rules

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority are opening the public comment period on proposed new rules. These rules regulate industrial air toxics and reduce the impact these pollutants have on the health of Oregonians. The proposed Cleaner Air Oregon rules would set health risk limits on pollutants that industrial facilities emit. This is to protect neighbors and vulnerable people (such as children) from potentially harmful levels of exposure.

The proposed Cleaner Air Oregon rules would close gaps in the states existing air quality rules. The gaps can create health risks for families and communities. The Cleaner Air Oregon rules have been drafted to provide businesses with predictable and flexible air quality rules. This is so Oregon industries can remain competitive in a global economy.

Members of the public have until Dec. 22 to submit comments. There will also be six public hearings about the draft rules. At these meetings, the public can learn more and provide comments.

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