Oregon lawmakers refuse to fund Gov. Kate Brown’s clean air initiative

The Oregonian reported yesterday that the clean air initiative would not be funded.

The Cleaner Air Oregon funding would have paid for the analysis needed for the Department of Environmental Quality to develop new rules for polluting businesses to reduce their air pollution if it poses a health risk to nearby residents.  The one time fee would range from $50 to $1400 depending on the permitted level of pollutants discharged, with the average around $400.  Please recall the recent study in Portland that revealed high levels of arsenic, cadmium, nickel and lead in the air and soil surrounding a pair of Portland glass companies. It showed there are both regulatory and monitoring gaps.

The Oregonian reports:

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said the breakdown occurred in the state Senate. “The speaker is committed to this issue and plans to work on it again in 2018,” said the spokeswoman, Lindsey O’Brien.

And it’s a win for Oregon’s industrial lobbyists, who also killed a separate clean air initiative this session that would’ve cracked down on cancer-causing soot spewed from high-polluting diesel engines…

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I also want to add my deep respect and admiration for Representative Karin Power, who took to the Oregon House floor to speak to this during remonstrances. Thank you.

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