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Environmental Quality Commission Agenda

Agenda for the three hundred and seventy-first regular meeting
of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission
December 6-7, 2012

DEQ’s headquarters, 10th floor, room EQC-A
811 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, December 6 – Regular meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A. Action item: Minutes from the Oct. 25-26, 2012, EQC meeting
Commissioners will review and take action on the draft minutes from the Oct. 25-26, 2012, EQC meeting.
[Draft meeting minutes]

B. Action item: DEQ’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management
DEQ staff will present Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action, a final report and plan for commission review and approval. The 2050 Vision is a proposed revision to and replacement of the Oregon State Integrated Resource and Solid Waste Management Plan.
[Staff report; attachment]

C. Informational item: Update on DEQ’s Toxics Reduction Strategy
DEQ staff will present an update about the agency’s Toxics Reduction Strategy and solicit input from the commissioners on indentified short-term priorities within the strategy. Presentations from a panel of external project partners will highlight work that complements the strategy goals.
[Staff report; attachment]

D. Action item: Contested case hearing
The commission will take action on a case involving Burns-Johanson Oil Company. Oregon state law allows respondents to petition the commission for review of an enforcement case, following an order from an administrative law judge.
[Staff report; attachments]

Lunch and executive session
Commissioners and some DEQ staff will meet with Oregon Department of Justice staff over a working lunch in an executive session from approximately noon to 1:30 p.m. The session will be held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2) (h).

E. Action item: Proposed revisions to Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program rules
DEQ staff will present proposed rule revisions for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program. The proposed rules would improve the program's ability to provide financial assistance to public agencies that have diverse water quality improvement project needs, provide clarity about the loan program’s funding process and ensure long-term longevity of the revolving fund.
[Staff report; attachments]

F. Action item: Proposed revisions to the Operator Certification program rules
DEQ staff will present proposed revisions to the program fees and rules for the Water Quality Operator Certifications program. The proposed revisions would increase the fees DEQ charges for this program, revise several sections of rule language and make other clarifying changes to the program’s rules.
[Staff report; attachments]

G. Action item: Proposed revisions to Title V permit fee rules
DEQ staff will present proposed fee revisions for the Title V operating permit program. The proposed rules would increase program fees by 2.6 percent, equal to the 2012 change of the consumer price index. The Title V permit program is fee-funded, and the proposed increase reflects the agency costs associated with operating the program.
[Staff report; attachments]

H. Action item: Klamath Falls air quality attainment plan
DEQ staff will present a final air quality attainment plan that will reduce fine particulate pollution and protect the health of the residents in the Klamath Falls area. The plan and associated rules are designed to bring the area into compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate, PM2.5, by the December 2014 federal deadline.
[Staff report; attachments]

I. Action item: Oakridge-Westfir air quality attainment plan
DEQ and Lane Regional Air Protection Authority staff will present a final air quality attainment plan that will reduce fine particulate pollution and protect the health of the residents in the Oakridge-Westfir area. The plan and associated rules are designed to bring the area into compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate, PM2.5, by the December 2014 federal deadline. LRAPA, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, is the designated agency for air quality in Lane County, as delegated by DEQ.
[Staff report; attachments]

The commission will recess at approximately 5 p.m. Commissioners and some DEQ staff may attend an informal, optional and self-pay dinner in downtown Portland on Thursday evening. No commission business will be held during dinner. Public meeting law requires notice of this dinner.


Friday, December 7 – Regular meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no document for this item
J. Public forum
At 8:30 a.m., the commission will open public forum. This item is scheduled for 60 minutes, but time allotted may be extended or shortened at the commission’s discretion. People may present comment in-person or remotely by teleconference call at one of several DEQ offices across the state. No comments may be presented on DEQ rulemakings for which the public comment period has closed. All people wishing to comment must complete request-to-speak forms and the commission may limit times based on the number of people wishing to comment.

People wishing to present comment by telephone may do so at the Eugene, Medford and Pendleton DEQ offices.

  • Eugene: 165 East 7th Avenue

  • Medford: 221 Stewart Avenue

  • Pendleton: 700 SE Emigrant

K. Informational item: Director’s dialogue
Director Pedersen will present written and verbal updates on DEQ activities and projects of interest to the commission.
[Staff report]

L. Action item: DEQ’s 2013 rules agenda
DEQ staff will present the 2013 rules agenda and proposed rulemaking schedule for DEQ. The commissioners will be asked to select their desired level of involvement for each of the 26 proposed rules that DEQ may develop in 2013.
[Staff report; attachments]


M. Informational item: Celebration of Commissioner Uherbelau’s service
DEQ staff and the commission will celebrate the service of Commissioner Uherbelau. December 2012 is her last scheduled meeting, and she has served on EQC since March 2005.
[Staff report]

Lunch and executive session
Commissioners will meet with over a working lunch in an executive session from approximately noon to 1:30 p.m. The commissioners will discuss the results of the annual review for DEQ’s Director Dick Pedersen. The session will be held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2) (i).

N. Action item: Oregon Clean Fuels program rules
DEQ staff will present proposed rules for the first phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels program, as authorized by the Oregon Legislature.
[Staff report; attachments]

O. Informational item: Budget and legislative updates
DEQ staff will present updates about the state and agency budget development process and upcoming 2013 Oregon Legislative Sessions news.
[Staff report; attachment]

There is no document for this item
P. Informational item: Commissioner reports
Commissioners will present verbal updates on their activities and projects of interest and relevancy to the commission.

The commission will adjourn its meeting at approximately 4 p.m.

2013 EQC meetings
March 20-21, 2013: Portland
June 19-20, 2013: Location TBD
Aug. 21-22, 2013: Location TBD
Oct. 16-17, 2013: Location TBD
Dec. 11-12, 2013: Portland

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