Using health-based criteria to inform choices on the DEQ Survey

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Beyond Toxics asks our members to use HEALTH-BASED CRITERIA to inform their choices when taking both of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Surveys.


The Oregon state agency, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is going through air-quality rule-making and seeks community input on their initiative, Cleaner Air Oregon. Representing Beyond Toxics and the public interest, Lisa Arkin is a member of the Cleaner Air Oregon Air Advisory Committee. An important way to make sure your voice is heard is to take the DEQ surveys (see buttons below). All responses will be tallied and considered by the agency. Please demand HEALTH-BASED criteria to create strong air quality laws.

For more about the issue, read Lisa’s blog, “Regulating air for community health – a new concept in Oregon?” and her “5-Point Plan to Protect Public Health from Air Toxics and Improve Permitting and Reporting.”


1. Take into consideration near-source concentrations and exposures, especially for fine particulate matter.

2. Regulate for cumulative, regional concentrations, combining the effects of sources throughout the identified region.

3. Regulate for cumulative, localized concentrations, combining the effects of sources throughout a local region;

a. evaluate cumulative impacts of sources in combination;
b. evaluate health risks from near-source exposures;
c. regulate for periodic episodes of relatively high air pollution, certain days on which air quality standards are exceeded (i.e., conditions related to industrial practices, weather inversions, extreme heat or cold, etc.)

4. Identify and minimize risks to areas where air pollution is most contributing to health impacts, and where populations are most vulnerable to air pollution impacts;

a. Children’s health assessment
b. Pregnant Women
c. Health impaired populations
d. Communities of color and low-income

5. Apply sound science and robust technical analyses to address community concerns regarding
air pollution and health impacts, including low-income and minority communities;

6. Regulate for effective mitigation measures in areas with highest impact to achieve measurable beneficial health outcomes;

7. Track progress in reducing air pollution and improving health in communities;

8. Prioritize resources to assist business to achieve measurable pollution reduction in their manufacturing processes; and

9. Set a goal to achieve the greatest health benefits for all Oregonians.

takesurvey1-button-blue_200pxTake the 1st Cleaner Air Oregon Survey: “Settings Risk & Cumulative Risk

takesurvey2-button-blue_200pxTake the 2nd Cleaner Air Oregon Survey: “Applicability & Implementation

JOIN the Rally for Clean Air! on Wednesday, Oct. 5th in Portland…
WHAT: Rally for Clean Air!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th @ 5PM
WHERE: Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232) – google map | Let us know you’ll be there on Facebook

For more about the issue:
Read Lisa’s blog, “Regulating air for community health – a new concept in Oregon?” and the editorial in Oregonian, “Oregon needs local toxics-reporting laws” by Mary O’Brien and Lisa Arkin

For MORE about our recent letter to the Governor and the press release, see our Air Toxics Campaign page->>