Recent Rule Changes Adopted By the LRAPA Board of Directors
The list below includes recently adopted rules. For rules being proposed to the LRAPA Board of Directors, click the proposed rules tab to the left. Click on the adopted rules tab to view information about any changes recently made to an LRAPA rule, citizen advisory committee (CAC) activity regarding the rulemaking, Notice of Rulemaking, comment deadlines, contact information, and hearings.
On July 26, 2010, the LRAPA Board adopted amendments to LRAPA Title 43: Asbestos Requirements moving the asbestos survey requirement to the applicability section of the rule and out of the work practices section for purposes clarification on the survey requirements. This rulemaking focused on the residential construction date for asbestos survey exemption. Beginning with Senate Bill 705 (2015) and legislature’s direction, DEQ proposed rule changes which have been adopted. In January 2016, the DEQ adopted new asbestos rules which are contained in OAR 340-248. DEQ made changes to their asbestos regulation by adopting a residential construction date (January 1, 2004) after which homes are exempt from the survey requirement. The rule amendment was adopted by a temporary rulemaking on December 10, 2015 and effective January 1, 2016, then followed by a full rulemaking in March 2016 effective April 21, 2016. DEQ is in the process of revising the entirety of OAR 340-248 – Asbestos Requirements. This larger, more comprehensive DEQ rulemaking is scheduled to be completed in early 2018, at which time LRAPA staff will revisit and propose updates to Title 43 for consistency and stringency throughout.
This LRAPA rulemaking updated the residential construction date for asbestos survey exemption from the previous 1987 date to January 1, 2004 (OAR 340-248-0250(2)(d)). The DEQ rules regulate asbestos abatement projects conducted everywhere in Oregon except for Lane County. In Lane County, LRAPA has been delegated that responsibility. LRAPA’s rules are required to be at least as stringent as DEQ’s. Due to DEQ adopting new asbestos rules in 2016, LRAPA staff revised the asbestos rules contained in LRAPA Title 43 focusing on the residential survey date exemption change until the more comprehensive DEQ asbestos rulemaking is complete. The draft Title 43 was reviewed with the LRAPA Citizens Advisory Committee at its February 28, 2017 meeting. The Public Comment period for this rulemaking ran from May 8, 2017 to June 8, 2017 however LRAPA did not receive any public comments.
At the Hearing on June 8, 2017, the Board adopted the proposed rule changes.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) rely upon local air quality stakeholders in developing key aspects of air quality plans to assure that community needs are met. Feedback from the public is a crucial part of plan development.
DEQ and LRAPA are proposing to adopt an air quality attainment plan for the non-attainment area surrounding the cities of Oakridge and Westfir designed to meet compliance with the federal public health standards for particulate matter 2.5 microns and less (PM2.5). High concentrations of PM2.5 inhaled by an individual can cause unwanted health effects especially in children, the elderly, or those with lung or heart disease.
The adopted PM2.5 plan is an update to the 2012 plan and will bring the Oakridge area into compliance with the 2006 24-hour standard by the end of 2016 as required by federal law. Oakridge does not violate the annual PM2.5 standard. This attainment plan fulfills federal requirements regarding EPA designated nonattainment areas.
To view the plan and related documents click the links below: