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Update on Oregon EQC/DEQ Temporary Rules Extension

FOR RELEASE March 17, 2016—The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) met on March 15 to review proposed temporary rules with the intention of enforcing these on colored art glass manufacturers in Oregon. The rules would last 180 days, and be replaced with permanent rules. About 100 citizens attended the meeting, as did Dan Schwoerer and Lani McGregor. DEQ staff presented the draft rule, commissioners asked questions, and 50 people made statements, with the majority of people asking for more time to evaluate the draft of the rules. The result was that the EQC asked DEQ to delay adoption of the draft rules, to accept public comments, and to be prepared to discuss the matter again in mid-April. DEQ is accepting public comment regarding the temporary rules until March 31. To read the draft rules and submit comments, visit http://1.usa.gov/1LtqPaY.

Today, March 17, the DEQ, Oregon Health Authority, and the Multnomah County Health Department had a joint press conference to report on soil and air testing results. It was positive news for everyone that air quality in SE Portland is safe.

We have raised technical issues with DEQ on a provision related to whether CR (III) converts to other forms within our furnaces. We are continuing to offer our full support to them as they study that process. In the meantime, we are moving forward to install emissions control equipment that is 99% effective and are continuing to honor our previous commitments related to metals suspensions.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this process.