Oregon Legislature: Pass HB 3492 - Protect our neighborhoods from Industrial Hazardous Air Polluters
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Oregon Legislature: Pass HB 3492 - Protect our neighborhoods from Industrial Hazardous Air Polluters

    1. Petition by

      Neighbors for Clean Air

116 Oregon schools were found to be in the worst 10% of US toxic industrial air pollution hot spots. In addition, higher asthma rates were documented at schools situated closer to large industrial sources of air pollution. In Portland, census tracts with large industrial polluters nearby were found to have the greatest cancer risk due to toxic air emissions.  

HB 3492 expands the existing Toxic Use Reduction Program to include Hazardous Air Pollutants. This program, established in the 1990’s as the first of its kind in the nation, has a proven track record of reducing thousands of pounds of unnecessary toxics in the workplace and in the waste generated by industrial activity.  Implementation of plans are voluntary, ensuring they benefit businesses, through reduced costs, and healthier work environments for employees. Adding air toxics, a significant risk to public health, is a common sense improvement to current rules. 

WHY FOCUS ON INDUSTRIAL AIR POLLUTION?

Our oldest and dirtiest facilities still receive permits to emit the same level of emissions they did in the 1970’s. No facility in Oregon has a health-based emissions limit for the hazardous air pollutants it emits.  We know that communities that live next to large sources are at greater risk of asthma and even cancer.  It is time to correct this ridiculous oversight and include Hazardous Air Pollutants in Oregon's program to reduce industrial hazardous waste.

We need to put protecting our children’s health from environmental toxics front and center in our regulations. HB 3492 asks the state to treat hazardous air pollutants like other toxic waste from industry. It provides for the technical assistance to the largest sources of the most dangerous air toxics to guide them toward developing continuous improvement plans to protect communities and their workers from unnecessary toxic air emissions.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Roosevelt High School students take Field Trip to Salem to deliver petition

      Students from Roosevelt High lobby legislators for cleaner air

      Oregon is known for being environmentally friendly. But over 100 of our schools are in so-called toxic air pollution "hot spots." And one of the worst is Roosevelt High in Portland. But students are hoping to change all that and went to the Capitol on Thursday to support House Bill 3492.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Children are more susceptible to air pollution

      Environmental health expert Professor Frank Kelly, from King's College London, points out that children are especially vulnerable to air pollution.

      "They have a larger lung-to-body volume ratio, their airway epithelium is more permeable to air pollutants, and the lung defence mechanisms against particulate matter pollution and gaseous pollution are not fully evolved," he said.

      "Breathing the same pollutant concentrations, children may have a two- to four-fold higher dose reaching the lung compared with adults."

      Please share the petition with your friends! Let's get to 2500 signatures before our May 30th Clean Air Field Trip to Salem!

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Barbara Council PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      We demand protection in our communities. We should not have to breath toxic air nor should our children.

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    • Jeff Stookey PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      Clean air and water are not negotiable.

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    • Lori Chakarun JACKSONVILLE, OR
      • 5 months ago

      We all need to breathe!!! One group/industry shouldn't be allowed to have such a negative impact on all the rest of us.

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    • Eric Park PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      We live near the NW Industrial zone and believe more should be done to hold businesses accountable to bring their standards up to date with current regulatory requirements for air quality in the area. We have been disappointed by the DEQ's inability/unwillingness to advocate on behalf of local citizens versus business in this matter.

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    • Sattie Clark PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      My family moved to CA to get out of Oregon's industrial toxic air. We took with us our business and the living wage jobs it provided. Bad air is bad for Oregon's children and bad for its economy.

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