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Oregon Air Toxics Program

Air toxics are air pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems. National and state studies indicate that Oregonians are exposed to a number of air toxics at potentially harmful levels.

DEQ reduces air toxics through regulations and by encouraging people and businesses to produce less pollution. The Oregon Air Toxics program works with communities and local governments to create and implement plans to further reduce air toxics.

Air toxics include diesel soot, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (tar-like by-products from auto exhaust and other sources) metals including cadmium, arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead.

Air toxics come from a variety of sources including cars and trucks, all types of burning (including fireplaces and woodstoves), industrial facilities, businesses and consumer products.

DEQ activities to reduce air toxics

Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Overhaul for Industrial Air Toxics Permitting
Air Toxics Benchmarks
Air Toxics Science Advisory Committee
Portland Air Toxics Solutions Project (2011)
Oregon Air Quality Status and Planning Map (2016)
Vehicle Inspection Program
Diesel, Biodiesel, Oregon Clean Diesel Initiative
Asbestos Guidance and Resources

More Information and reports

Frequently Asked Questions About Air Toxics in Oregon
Klamath Falls Air Toxics Fact Sheet
National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment (2011)

Air toxics program rules and guidance

Air Toxics Program Rules including Ambient Benchmark Concentrations
Technical Analysis Tools and Guidance for Implementation of the Air Toxics Program Internal Management Directive
Policy and Implementation Guidance for the Oregon Air Toxics Program Internal Management Directive

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