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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 revise LRAPA Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP) Permitting rules in an effort to meet or maintain federal air quality standards for fine particulate matter and to improve the general air quality of Lane County.
LRAPA proposes to streamline, reorganize and update Lane County’s air quality permit rules. LRAPA also proposes changes to particulate matter emission standards and the preconstruction permitting program to make rules at least as stringent as the state’s. In addition, LRAPA proposes rules to remove certain greenhouse gas permitting requirements to align with the June 23, 2014 Supreme Court decision, expand preconstruction permitting flexibility for small facilities, and specify small source permitting exemptions. Other changes proposed include changes to permitting requirements for emergency generators and small natural gas or oil-fired equipment, establishing two new state air quality area designations, “sustainment” and “reattainment,” to help areas avoid and more quickly end a federal nonattainment designation, designating Oakridge as a state reattainment area while retaining its federal nonattainment designation, changes to the New Source Review preconstruction permitting program, adjusting industrial and commercial activity levels below which some categories of sources are exempt from permitting and deleting an unused category, along with an increase to ACDP fees by 10% and changing the annual increase from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to 4%.
Who is affected? All businesses, agencies, local governments and other entities holding air quality permits and/or required to submit construction approval notices
LOCATION: LRAPA Meeting Room
1010 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477
DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017
TIME: 12:30 P.M.