JOIN US on Saturday, Jan. 25th
for our West Eugene Clean Air Community Meeting!
Read Lisa Arkin’s latest blog on air quality,
“A right to clean air.”
Our latest SUCCESSES…
The Lane County Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has agreed to improve air quality monitoring and community engagement in West Eugene. The changes come in response to a civil rights and environmental justice complaint filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Beyond Toxics, represented by the non-profit Crag Law Center. The complaint challenged the Lane County agency’s 2013 decision to allow Seneca Sustainable Energy to increase pollution discharges from its West Eugene power plant. | Read the press release (PDF)
Rosboro Lumber in Springfield was just fined $9,000 for excess pollution after LRAPA investigated a complaint we filed.
We watch out for your air in the community as well as at the legislature! Rosboro Lumber has been issued a $9,000 penalty for excess emissions after LRAPA investigated a complaint we filed in July. BIG THANKS LRAPA for working to protect our air from industrial pollution!
- Why is Toxics Right-To-Know important for clean air? (read the PDF summary)
- Read more about the government’s Cleaner Air Oregon initiative
The right to clean air is a fundamental human right. Without air, human beings would cease to exist. Yet every day, toxic substances are released into the air we breathe and this can affect us in many ways. Congress established the Clean Air Act in 1970, as a federal effort to reduce smog that plagued cities throughout the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was also established this year to carry out the law. Under the Clean Air Act, states are given the responsibility of meeting air quality standards set by the EPA.
Exposure to air pollution has been linked to premature death, higher prevalence of lung disease, decreased productivity in school and work, lost earnings, and school absences. Communities of color suffer higher asthma rates.
Low-income and communities of color are likely to live in areas where pollutants exceed amounts set forth by EPA regulation. Furthermore, in Oregon and throughout the US, these communities rely on jobs provided by the industries that emit toxic substances into the air they breathe. Needless to say, air pollution carries social, environmental, health, and economic consequences.
Beyond Toxics is committed to mitigating the effects of air pollution by improving state and local air quality policies, mobilizing communities, and working with local and regional partners to reduce diesel particulate, fine particulates, hazardous air pollutants and other toxins released into the air.
Key accomplishments include:
- Played a key role in Oregon’s adoption of Cleaner Air Oregon rules, which force polluters to reduce cancer and disease-causing air pollutants.
Providing the leadership and advocacy to pass Oregon’s No Top Off law.
- Providing the leadership and advocacy to pass Oregon’s Benzene Emissions Reduction law that protects workers, drivers and nearby neighborhoods from benzene exposure at gas stations.
- Awarded three US EPA grants to carry out air quality protection projects including two Environmental Justice grants for vulnerable minority and lower income communities
- Helped mobilize communities threatened by smoke stack emissions from biomass incineration in Lane, Marion and Klamath counties.
Won’t you join us in imagining, and working for, a world beyond toxics?
Beyond Toxics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. Please consider giving a gift of a Beyond Toxics membership to a friend or family member!