NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes 3.9.15

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Minutes, AQC Meeting, 3.9.15
Silver Cloud Inn, Breakfast Room

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob l, Myriam Alaux, Joe Keller, Greg Bourget, Jorjan Parker, Evan Farnham, Sharon Genasci

First we discussed the current clean diesel project with John Residential (New Seasons Store) which is going well. Our Site Logistics Plan Group meets with John Residential Engineer, Sarah Jimenez to discuss equipment on site. She also supplies us with bi weekly updates on lists of equipment planned for the coming weeks.

John Residential passed a copy of our Clean Diesel Agreement to Anderson Construction, who are building housing and a square nearby. Anderson then reached an informal agreement with us concerning some items in the John Residential Agreement. However, there will be no formal agreement as such.

Good Samaritan Hospital is meeting with us in April to discuss a clean diesel agreement, after we prepared a document for them based on the John Residential agreement.

The train idling problem continues, with trains idling all night near affordable and other housing units, where people are complaining of diesel particulate in their bedrooms. We are talking to some experts about monitoring for diesel particulate.

Sharon reported on UNR (United Neighborhoods for Reform) testimony to the City Council. She represented the NWDA Air Quality Committee, one of 41 neighborhoods in UNR. She testified with Judy Parsons from UNR on the toxic aspects of unregulated demolitions emitting asbestos and lead into neighborhood air when demolishing older homes and other buildings. Meetings with staff for most of the Commissioners followed. The City is currently exploring regulations and enforcement for future demolitions.

Sharon, Kevin Downing (DEQ) and Jill Long, attorney for Con-way, presented at a Clean Diesel session, based on the clean diesel agreement with CE John (now John Residential) at a neighborhood Summit. The neighborhood activist Summit was organized by ONI (Office of Neighborhood Involvement) and was held at the Ambridge Center on MLK on February 28.

Complaints on our website, (www.portlandair.org) about odors from ESCO and Cascade Rubber (they make rubber parts for ESCO on Quimby and 19th) are coming in again. And one complaint from a resident in new housing on Savior between NW 22nd and 23rd. These complaints are sent to DEQ and to the NWDA Air Quality Committee. Cascade Rubber, we are told by the City is “grandfathered in,” because the City odor ordinance was adopted on May 29, 1992. The business started before that date. The AQC is considering other options.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee 2.9.15

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee

2.9.15

Present: Bob L, Evan Farnham, Jorjan Parker, Greg Bourget, Sandy Ruhf, Sharon Genasci

Sharon updated the group on the Good Sam Clean Diesel agreement. At the request of Good Sam, Kathy Sharp drafted a Good Neighbor Agreement between Good Sam Hospital and NWDA Air Quality Committee. It is based on the agreement we made with John Residential and applies to all construction projects at Good Sam, as well as vehicles serving the hospital. The idea is that the Hospital does not want diesel particulate, a known carcinogen, in the rooms and around the hospital. Kathy will schedule a meeting with the staff to discuss the agreement.

The Site Logistics meetings with John Residential to look over the construction equipment for the New Seasons store are continuing. And we will eventually need new neighborhood inspectors. The AQC will deal with this.

Cascade Rubber was discussed again. The DEQ complaints person, Rob Vance, paid a visit to the manager of the facility, following our complaint and photos of the stack going off for over 45 minutes. We asked the DEQ to investigate what was in the emissions. The manager told Rob, that it was only steam. Sharon asked DEQ to monitor the stack for verification. He said that was another department, and he couldn’t ask them to do that. We decided to look for ways to monitor the plant.

Regarding train idling and diesel emissions, Kevin Downing has our dates to meet with Amtrak, and we are waiting for him to set up a meeting.

Kathy and Sharon met with Mark Horton of Anderson Construction to see if there was interest in a clean diesel agreement for construction in the Con-way area. He is talking with Anderson people to see whether there is interest.

Greg Bourget and Sandy Ruhf of portlandleanair.org explained their interest in canvassing the neighborhood for air pollution concerns and related data. They will collaborate with NWDA AQC. We will provide survey questions and other help as needed.

Finally, Sharon shared the testimony she will give on 2.12.15 to the City Council
On behalf of UNR (United Neighbors for Reform) a confederation of 40 Portland
neighborhoods, regarding the issue of the release of asbestos and lead in unregulated Portland demolitions.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting, 1.12.2015

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1.12.15
NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Sharon Genasci

Kathy reported the AQC 2015 Work Plan passed the Board with one word change, which was duly put into the plan.

Cascade Rubber was emitting white steam/smoke from its stack on 20th and Quimby for over 45 minutes. Kathy took a photo with her I phone, which was sent in to DEQ with a report on our complaint site, www.portlandair.org. Rob Vance, DEQ Complaints Officer called Sharon to say he had been to the plant and talked with the Manager (they produce rubber parts for ESCO) and that the emissions were steam.

Sharon explained that we have had at least 4 complaints about odors and emissions, and neighbors want to know what is in the emissions? The plant is not permitted, and Rob didn’t know what was in the “steam” besides water. Sharon suggested DEQ monitor the plant, since it is closely surrounded by new housing blocks. Rob said he couldn’t do anything about monitoring, that was a different DEQ department.

We will look for someone to monitor it.

Next we talked about our discussions with Good Sam to use clean diesel in all new construction, and vehicles serving the hospital. They have asked us to produce a draft of a GNA for Good Sam to sign, based on our agreement with John Residential. Kathy reported that she has now drafted an agreement document for our next meeting.

Sharon and Kathy reported on the Site Logistics meetings to oversee the GNA with John Residential. These are going well – a few snags, mostly old trucks are the main problem. Funds promised to John Residential during our negotiations, are still in the works, and hopefully will arrive soon.

Train idling is a problem with two of our members who live next to the train station in low income housing. Amtrak trains idle at the station all night, filling their rooms with diesel odors. We are working with Kevin Downing to solve this problem.

Wendy Chung (NWDA Board) is working with us on demolition caused emissions of
lead and asbestos, which are not being properly controlled during some demolitions.

A NAC meeting was held on January 15th (ESCO Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting). Kathy, Bob L and Sharon were present.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, AQC

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes, Dec. 8, 2014

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Air Quality Committee Meeting Minutes December 8-2014
Attended by: Kathy Sharp. Bob L., Jorjan Parker and Evan Farnhan
ESCO
At the NWDA meeting of November 24th the board voted to request that ESCO provide a formal update on the status of solving how to put controls on Slinger Bay. ESCO sent the following reply which we discussed
“The GNA emission reduction project #17 calls for ESCO to perform a feasibility study for emissions capture and control methods from pour points in slinger bay. ESCO has provided a formal update on emission reduction projects as part of our semi-annual and annual reports to DEQ, which are available on the NAC website (www.portlandnac.com). Also, the NWDA can find the status update we provided the NAC at our last meeting on October 27 on the NAC website. Completion of this project is scheduled for April 30, 2017 and since we’ve been working to complete other projects like 13, 14 and 16, we haven’t yet started this one. Our 2015 plans include this project and we are on track to complete before the due date.”
Legacy Good Samaritan
The Committee discussed the meeting with Good Samaritan. Those minutes are on the NWDA website.
Work on the Comprehensive Plan Update will continue in January.
There were no Odor Complaints. This is not unusual and is due to seasonal wind direction change.
Site Logistic Plan Update
Things are going well. We reviewed the difficulty with trucks not meeting tier4 and the importance of not idling. We have begun to contact Anderson Construction who will be beginning a project in the area. We will be sharing our Clean Diesel Agreement and hoping they will work with us to reduce diesel emissions on their construction site
Next Meeting January 12, 2015

NWDA Air Quality Committee (AQC) Minutes, 11.10.14

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting

11.10.14

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob Amundson, Bob L., Evan Farnham, Jorjan
Parker, Myriam Alaux, Joe Keller and Sharon Genasci

Kathy and Sharon reported on the AQC testimony Sharon delivered to
Planning & Sustainability Commission with seven other NWDA
representatives on the city’s Comprehensive Plan. AQC worked as a
committee to produce the testimony, which was then submitted on behalf of
NWDA. Work will continue to refine †he AQC submission until the
deadline in March.

Sharon, Bob Amundson, Kathy and Bob L reported on the ESCO NAC
(Neighborhood Advisory Committee) meeting, October 27th, 2014.

There was discussion about the proposed Chapman School monitoring plan, the inability for the low flow equipment to pick up important toxics during monitoring but the possibility afterwards to check the filters for these compounds. They will mainly be able to check for manganese during monitoring.

Bob L reported on odor complaints. He has added the city’s complaint line information to our website, www.portlandair.org.

Sharon and Kathy reported on the Site Logistics Plan meetings to carry out oversight for John Residential to verify the clean diesel agreement for construction equipment (in building New Seasons Store on Raleigh & 22nd) This has not been perfect, but the company has collaborated in good spirit with the committee. NWDA is quite pleased with the result.

Finally, Cascade Rubber (20th & Quimby) has received three odor complaints. So far no luck to get DEQ to take action. CR produces parts for ESCO, They are surrounded by new housing units.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, AQC

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes, 10.13.14

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee

October 13, 2014

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Jorjan Parker, Evan Farnham, Sharon Genasci

We met in the Breakfast Room at the Silver Cloud Inn, beginning with a report from Sharon about the AQC’s (Air Quality Committee) draft amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Copies of the draft amendments were sent in advance to AQC and Planning Committee members. The amendments will formally be presented to the city on November 3rd in a presentation from the NWDA Planning Committee. AQC and Transportation committees are joining Planning in the Comprehensive Plan presentation. Sharon handed round a draft handout for the November 3rd presentation, which was edited by AQC members at the meeting.

Bob L agreed to research ESCO odor complaints for the NAC (ESCO Neighborhood Advisory Committee) meeting, which is scheduled for October 27th at 5:00 P.M. at Friendly House.

Kathy gave an update on the Good Sam clean diesel work underway. There has been a delay due to a staff illness, but things are moving forward. We sent the hospital details of our clean diesel agreement with John Residential, and this is being passed around among Good Sam representatives.

Sharon and Kathy reported on the Site Logistics meeting on October 12th to discuss some problems with low tier equipment, mainly excavator trucks, some concrete pumps, and a few other pieces of equipment on site at the New Seasons and housing under construction on NW 22nd and Raleigh.
John Residential is working on this.

Kathy presented a draft of a new AQC Work Plan, which the group was very pleased with. This will be presented to the NWDA Board. for final approval.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes 9.8.14

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AQC (Air Quality Committee) Meeting Minutes, 9.8.14
Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn , 7:00 pm

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Jorjan Parker, Evan Farnham, Sharon Genasci

There was some discussion about the signage at the New Seasons Store, the first project under the Clean Diesel Agreement with John Residential. As part of the agreement we had discussed the use of signage at the site to notify neighbors of the reduction in diesel during construction. The sign will read, “Clean Diesel Works Here, Reducing Diesel Emissions During Construction” There Was agreement that this was appropriate.

It was decided that we might look to the City to get help with old, diesel trucks, such as those used during excavation, which still remain a problem.

Kathy presented a rough draft of her submission for the Comprehensive Plan from the AQC. Committee members were asked to look it over and make suggested changes. The AQC would like to see the City issuing building permits that require measures to reduce emissions into Portland’s airshed.

One person gave the example of a recent open, asphalt kettle streaming pollution in NW Neighborhood air for the last three weeks.

Kevin Downing, at a recent EPA conference on diesel wrote the committee that the clean diesel agreement with John Residential was used at the conference as an example of successful neighborhood activism.

Several complaints about ESCO odors were received recently.
Sharon Genasci

NWDA Air Quality Committee

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7.14.14

Present: Bob L, David Arrow, Judy Grace, Myriam Alaux, Joe Keller, Scott Becker, Evan Farnham, Jorjan Parker, Sharon Genasci

Sharon reported on several meetings of the Site Logistics Plan group of the John Residential clean diesel good neighbor agreement. The SLP as it is called, was designed to provide oversight for the GNA (Good Neighbor Agreement) to verify that the terms of the agreement are being met by the developer. John Residential have sent full details of equipment as it comes on site.

The data is evaluated by both developer and the neighborhood clean diesel committee, using a Chicago formula to determine the degree to which tier 4 is being attained. Tier 4 is the best retrofit to reduce diesel particulate, which is of most concern. Tier 4 was the level of retrofit agreed in the GNA.

To date we are all learning to use the formula. The committee is working well, and we have been on site to see that most excavation is now complete on the first project (between NW 22nd and 21st and Raleigh) which will be housing and a New Seasons Store. The process is the beginning of a ten year agreement, and some kinks still need to be worked out.

David gave an update on his and Judy’s continued problems at their low cost housing site next to the Railroad Station. The Amtrak trains are idling many hours during the night and diesel fumes are entering their apartments. Neighbors from housing nearby also have complained to DEQ.

This is a problem that has not been currently solved. AQC are working with Kevin Downing at DEQ to see whether a smaller electric engine can be used for idling. We hope to meet with Amtrak officials to see what can be done.

Kathy Sharp is out of town, so Sharon reported on discussions she and Kathy have had with Good Samaritan Hospital about a clean diesel agreement concerning hospital owned vehicles and delivery vehicles to the hospital using clean diesel. The agreement would also include replacing a 50 year old generator. Originally Good Sam planned to replace it in three years. Now it is scheduled for replacement in 18 months.

There was some discussion about the monitoring plan scheduled for Chapman School, under the GNA with ESCO. The group was disappointed that the Chapman School site will not provide information about the results of controls ESCO put on to reduce their toxic emissions.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting

May 12, 2014

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Evan Farnham, Jorjan Parker, Sharon Genasci

The NWDA Air Quality Committee is applying for an EPA grant to extend to other projects the Committee’s clean diesel work for the Con-way Master Plan area of the neighborhood (20 acres in the NE corner of the NW neighborhood). The Committee participated with NWDA Board President, Phil Selinger and Kevin Downing from DEQ to negotiate with Con-way and CE John to use tier 4 retrofits (highest reduction of diesel) on construction equipment in the Con-way area over ten years. The first project will be a New Seasons grocery store for NW 22nd and Raleigh. The final agreement, which includes oversight by the neighborhood, was with CE John, who has since reorganized to form a new development company called Cairn Pacific LLC. John Residential Group will remain the contractor for the New Seasons project, scheduled to start work building in mid June.

The new EPA grant application will focus mainly on low income and minority sub-contractors, providing funding for tier 4 retrofits. The AQC is working on this project with Kevin Downing as a consultant, as well as Lisa Arkin at Beyond Toxics in Eugene.

Kathy Sharp briefed the Committee on the meeting with Thomas Bickett, System Director, Facility Operations. Legacy Health (Good Sam Hospital) and Megan Turnell, Public & Community Relations Specialist, Good Sam. Kathy, Sharon and Kevin Downing, DEQ, continued prior discussions held at an NWDA Board meeting with Jonathan Avery, the new CEO at Good Sam, about the urgent need to replace the hospital generator (fifty years old). The generator, which is tested every month, emits large amounts of diesel pollution into some of the hospital rooms. Currently, the generator is scheduled for replacement in 18 months time. They also discussed Kevin’s suggestion to use clean diesel for all hospital related vehicles. They did agree to shut off the hospital air intake when the generator is being tested or used.

Bob l spoke about the continued odor complaints, mostly about ESCO odors and emissions. These complaints on the AQC website, www.portlandair.org, describe the ongoing problems in the neighborhood, particularly along Thurman and streets nearest to the industrial area, in spite of the controls (20 per cent reduction over five years) in the Good Neighbor Agreement with ESCO.

AQC members were urged to attend the NWDA Annual General meeting and election on May 19th, 6:00 pm, Wistar Morris Room at the Good Sam main building, 1015, NW 22nd.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes April 14, 2014

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Present: Bob L, Evan Farnham, David Arrow, Judy Grace, Sharon Genasci

First item of business was the election of the representative from the AQC to the Site Logistics Plan meetings under the Clean Diesel Good Neighbor Agreement with John Residential in the Con-way Master Plan area. Sharon received a unanimous vote to be the representative from the AQC.

The group went on to discuss how the neighborhood might work in partnership with the City to implement clean diesel agreements in other parts of Portland, in order to reduce diesel emissions throughout the city. Diesel is a known carcinogen.

Two people at the meeting then raised the issue that their housing, which is located next to the railroad station in downtown Portland, is being polluted by diesel on a regular basis when trains are idling, particularly during the night. The Committee will work on this.

Regarding the Clean diesel Good Neighbor Agreement with John Residential, the first Site Logistics Plan meetings will be for the construction of the New Seasons Grocery on NW Raleigh and 22nd. We don’t have a definite start date for construction yet, because of pending permits.

The AQC also would like to see Good Samaritan Hospital use clean diesel. Opportunities exist within their fleet, vehicles delivering goods to the hospital and especially their aged back-up generator, which is tested monthly and put into operation when there is a power cut. Diesel fumes fill the neighborhood and are brought into hospital units through the air systems.

Sharon and Bob pointed out that odor complaints about ESCO are continuing, in spite of the GNA agreed with ESCO several years ago and the improvements they have made.

A meeting of the NAC (Neighborhood Advisory Committee under the GNA) is scheduled for April 25th at 9:00 am at Friendly House. The public is free to attend.

The AQC voted unanimously to choose Kathy Sharp as an alternate to the NAC from NWDA.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

 

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