Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, launched a new air toxics initiative, Cleaner Air Oregon, in April 2016. The program will develop new regulations to align industrial toxics regulations protecting human health. The program is reforming Oregon's existing industrial air toxics regulations, and Oregon has set a timeline targeting draft rules going on public notice by mid-2017.
As part of the initiative, ODEQ recently sent out an air toxics emission inventory request to all Oregon air permit holders. ODEQ has requested information on 660+ toxics. Basic and General air permit holders are required to provide 2016 and projected maximum production data and toxic information from safety data sheets (SDSs) for all toxics by March 31, 2017. Simple, Standard, and Title V air permit holders are required to provide 2016 and projected maximum production data and toxic emissions data. Data for 187 hazardous air pollutants is due May 1, 2017 and the remaining toxics are due September 1, 2017. The air toxics data request is expected to be used in the toxics program development for determining program fees and prioritizing implementation.
If an industrial source has a fuel combustion source, uses any chemicals, paints, or solvents, and the source is an air permit holder in Oregon, it is likely that the facility will be impacted by this air toxics emissions inventory assessment request. This request covers reporting toxics that some facilities may not have evaluated or reported previously. Facilities should start their review and preparation early. If you have any questions regarding Oregon's Air Toxics Rulemaking Process, please contact Ashley Jones at (253) 867-5600.