We envision a society where everyone has equitable access to healthy food and clean air and water, and underserved communities are included in decision making processes that affect them.
Together, we move beyond the damaging environmental practices of the past and collectively work to support and maintain ecological resilience and balance.
The passage of Oregon's Medical Waste Incineration Act, SB 488 is critical to achieving clean air for the people of Oregon, particularly those living in the mid-Willamette Valley. The large amounts of air toxics emitted from Covanta Marion’s waste incinerator stack has impacted human and environmental health around Marion county for over 30 years.
See a March 17th editorial by Mike Ewall: Senate bill addresses problem of poorly regulated medical waste incineration in Oregon
Learn more about Oregon's Medical Waste Incineration Act (SB 488) | Read the 2-page summary of Oregon's Medical Waste Incineration Act (PDF)
Educate yourself on the issues pertaining to clean air and SB 488, Oregon's Medical Waste Incinerator Act - See the recording of the zoom webinar "Winning For Clean Air Now!" below...
On Monday, Feb. 6th, the Eugene City Council voted YES to pass an ordinance banning new gas infrastructure in new low-rise residential construction in light of growing concerns about indoor air quality and pollution.
We collected new video footage that clearly shows the air pollution impacts from gas appliances using a high-sensitivity infrared camera, called FLIR, as cities across Oregon explore policies to transition new homes away from gas over health and climate concerns.
See more about Building a Fossil-Free Future
Read our 2023 Legislative Agenda page for more information
about the 3 bills we are supporting and how you can help us pass them!
ALSO: See the bills we support in the 2023 legislative session
The FLIR camera, often used by professionals to visualize gas leaks, helps reveal gas leaks and plumes of pollutants emerging from a gas-powered ovens and stoves.
Clearing the Air: Uncovering the Risks of Gas Stove Pollution
A new blog by Emily Matlock, Beyond Toxics Membership and Communications Coordinator
Over the course of one work week, my colleagues on the Beyond Toxics Air Quality team and I visited 14 homes in Eugene and Springfield, toting a FLIR (Forward-Looking Infrared) camera and air quality monitoring equipment. We wanted to “see” what our naked eyes could not: what air toxics are being emitted from gas appliances.
Photos by Emily Matlock
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