Stop toxic emissions from industrial sources.
  • Petitioned Oregon Legislature

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Oregon Legislature
Oregon Governor
Oregon State Senate
Oregon State House

Stop toxic emissions from industrial sources.

    1. Mary Peveto
    2. Petition by

      Mary Peveto

      Portland, OR

Oregon is a known leader in livability and sustainability.  But our air is surprisingly dirty.  According to the federal National Air Toxics Assessment, the Portland Metro region boasts the nation's 3rd largest population at risk of excess cancer due to toxic air emissions. And a 2008 study published by USA Today (The Smokestack Effect) revealed that 54 Oregon schools ranked in the worst 5% of school air quality nationally because they’re situated in industrial toxic hot spots. And dirty air is increasingly linked to bad health: a 2009 study found Oregon to be among the top five states with the highest percentage of residents living with asthma.

It’s an invisible crisis and we need immediate action from our state legislature to limit toxic emissions from industrial sources.  Let’s live up to our state’s green reputation and lead the country toward a cleaner, greener future! 

For almost three years, I worked with parents of Portland Public School’s Chapman Elementary School to lead an effort to reduce toxic emissions from nearby ESCO Steel, after discovering the school ranked in the bottom 2% in the nation due to industrial air pollution.  In November 2011, we signed a Good Neighbor Agreement that has the potential to reduce the company's toxic emissions by up to 20%. These emissions include known dangerous substances like lead, manganese, arsenic and chromium 6. This work was covered in a front page article in The Oregonian: Where there's smoke, there's ire


But we can't protect our children through time-consuming advocacy directed at one polluter at a time -- not when the Portland Metro region alone is home to hundreds of industrial facilities.

We are counting on our Governor and state representatives to better protect Oregon’s children from the toxic emissions emitted daily by industrial polluters into the air our children breathe. 

Our petition asks:

When sources of toxic pollution apply for a new or renewal air pollution permit, the state should require them to provide a robust, independent and objective audit of emissions and emission control strategies. Based on that audit, the source should be required to propose and implement specific toxics reduction strategies.

Oregon has the opportunity to be a leader in clean air by adopting more health protective limits on toxic air emissions.  The current legal limit is simply not strong enough.  Please sign this petition NOW to let key state decision makers know that we want them to make our air clean and safe for all the children in Oregon.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Peter Sarasohn responds:

      Peter Sarasohn

      Thanks to everyone who has signed this petition. It is always good to hear from Oregonians first hand about the problems in our community. I have passed along this proposal to Rep. Doherty to be considered ahead of next year's Legislative...

    3. Decision-maker Phil Barnhart responds:

      Phil Barnhart

      Rep. Barnhart is always interested in hearing from constituents about issues that matter to them. If you would like a detailed response, please contact us directly by sending an email to Along with informati...

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Wow!

      Mary Peveto
      Petition Organizer

      I am so excited about the support for this petition.

      This really is about communities having more say in the environmental livability of their neighborhoods, and breaking through the perception that Oregon's green reputation translates into rigorous regulatory standards. Oregon’s air toxics rules are the least stringent on the west coast, leaving public pressure as the only recourse to compel companies to reduce pollutants. Oregon DEQ routinely approves air pollution permits for facilities that are using outdated pollution control systems that put the public health at risk. Requiring any facility that receives the "right" to pollute the air in our communities to use modern and available pollution control technology is a common sense way we could immediately start improving Oregon's air quality.

      I hope you will join us as we continue to work for clean safe air to breathe no matter where you live:

      Thank you for helping us send this message.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. 500!! Thank you to everyone who has signed.

      Mary Peveto
      Petition Organizer

      Please be sure to share with friends. And do you want to come to Salem and help us deliver the message? Join us Monday, May 17th!

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Half-way there!

      Mary Peveto
      Petition Organizer

      Can you help us reach our goal by May 21st? That is the day we plan to deliver this to the Governor's office and our legislators in Salem. Thank you for spreading the word, sharing with your friends and helping make Oregon's Air Cleaner!

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Help us get to 1000!

      Mary Peveto
      Petition Organizer

      Hundreds have already signed hard copy versions of this petition, so we are closer than it might appear, and we are already planning a "meet your legislator" day in Salem to deliver the message. But we still need you! if you signed, that's great - but these things work best when you pass it on. Urge 10 of your friends to sign, and get them to do the same. Then finally, join us on Facebook to keep the conversation and momentum going. This is how we create a movement that creates change. Thanks for supporting this important work!


    12. Get your friends and neighbors support!

      Mary Peveto
      Petition Organizer

      Hi-- Want to send out an Earth Day Challenge to all of you. Go to the link and print out a pdf of our petition, get 10 friends to sign and send them to us by April 22nd at Neighbors for Clean Air, PO Box 10544, Portland OR, 97296. Or you can visit the Neighbors for Clean Air booth at the City Repair Earthday Festival on Sunday, April 22nd - PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St.

      Thanks for your support!

    13. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Carol Aspinwall PITTSBORO, NC
      • 12 months ago

      All industrial pollution must end!

    • Cheryl Carrington ASHLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago


    • Lynnea Forderer MEDFORD, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Oregon is my home state and it was, once, one of the most caring states. Open and working for the best of everyone. Please let us come back to what is really important, such as our air and the health of our residents.

      Thank you

    • Lisa Wills PORTLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      I am concerned with the air quality in my neighborhood, Overlook.

    • Tom Cardamon PORTLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Concerned for our neighbors health, especially those that are vulnerable with breathing issues.


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