Approved as presented
Approved with amendments
Minutes of a special
of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission
Jan. 22, 2013
DEQ’s headquarters, 811 SW 6th Avenue, Portland - 10th floor, room EQC-A
DEQ’s Bend office: 475 NE Bellevue Drive, Bend – Main conference room
Tuesday, January 22 – Special meeting: 1 to 3 p.m.
Chair Blosser convened the meeting at 1 p.m.
Present: Chair Blosser, Vice-chair O’Keeffe (by phone), Commissioner Rider, Commissioner Armstrong (by phone) and Commissioner Johnson
A. Action item: Petition for rulemaking
Commissioners took action on a petition submitted Oct. 26, 2012. By law, the commission must take action on any petition within 90 days of its submittal.
Larry Knudsen, the commission’s legal counsel, provided an overview of the commission’s legal role and responsibilities related to this petition. Ellen Currie, Deschutes County Citizens Action Group president, presented the position of the petitioners. John Huddle and Judy Forsythe, co-petitioners, presented additional information. Currie, Forsythe and Huddle connected via phone from the Bend DEQ office. Mike Kucinski, DEQ Onsite Wastewater Treatment System program manager, presented DEQ’s position. Kucinski connected via phone from the Eugene DEQ office, and noted that Bill Mason, DEQ’s senior hydrogeologist, was also present in the Eugene office for any questions.
Following the presentations, commissioners asked clarifying and informational questions about the petition and the commission’s legal process for petitions.
Continue working with the South Deschutes and Northern Klamath Counties Groundwater Protection Project Steering Committee to finalize recommendations to DEQ.
Evaluate the feasibility of a Geographic Area of Special Consideration as authorized by ORS 454.615(1) for a area in and near La Pine, and report back to the commission.
Move: Commissioner Johnson
Second: Commissioner Armstrong
Commissioner Rider encouraged DEQ to assess if other areas of the state could be reconsidered as a comprehensive review of the statewide onsite program. Director Pedersen noted that the La Pine area is prepared to be an area of special concern due to the community’s engagement and commitment to successful environmental regulations for onsite systems. He also noted that resources expended in the La Pine area would be well-leveraged due to the work already done by DEQ and others to identify known limits and opportunities of the area.
The commission unanimously approved the motion with five commissioners in support.
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Chair Blosser adjourned the meeting at 2:45 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