Attendees: Bob L., Phil Selinger, and Kathy Sharp.
Bob Amundson and Bob Holmstrom attended the ESCO inspection on January 22nd. Shannon Huggins and ESCO’s senior environmental engineer hosted the inspection. Two items were on the inspection agenda. Their comments follow:
1. Improved monitoring for some of the bag houses. The new system uses a different technology than the old pressure drop system. What they showed us seems effective. We will need to see some data to see that it is actually working. No date was set to see the data – it is a question we need to ask at the next NAC meeting.
2. A new bag house (with the new sensor system) has been installed to help to control dust (not odors) from the ‘pouring room floor’ area. It should reduce the amount of dust getting to the neighborhood from that source. We need to ask for data on how much dust is being collected.
Bob H’s comments can stand on their own. I have one addition. Shannon asked if it would help to label specific pieces of equipment for the public to understand what equipment was visible from the street, e.g. baghouse, cooling water etc. She brought this up at the end of the inspection. She showed us the cloud from the cooling tower which she said was only water. She thought a sign indicating that this was a water cooling tower and that the cloud was water vapor might help some neighbors who had complained about the “smoke” from that location.
The water vapor should be tested to make sure there are no other emissions in it. We should continue to press for the above requested data.
The briefing to Major Hales and City Council of the Clean Diesel and Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement went well. The NWDA board had many suggestions for follow-up. A follow-up letter will be written to council.
We still don’t have a quorum so we will vote on an Air Quality representative to the on-going Site Logistics plan next month.
The wind has shifted. There have been new odor complaints in the areas of overton/northrup 19th to 23rd. Has the source changed?
Materials are ready for the informational booth at the NWDA Meet and Greet on February 13th.
Bob Amundson and Bob Holmstrom will share their inspection report of the Esco GNA Emission Reduction Projects #1 and #7. Project 1 was the dust collectors installed and operational for the capture and control of doghouse fugitives. Project 7 included the bag leak detection probes installed, calibrated and operational for the EAF and AOD bag houses. Bob A and Bob H are NAC representatives.
Respond to our briefing to City Council of the Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement. What’s next? Review of NWDA board discussion following briefing.
We didn’t have a quorum last month so we still need to vote on an Air Quality representative to the on-going Site Logistics plan.
After months without odor complaints the wind has shifted. New odor complaints, new sources
.NWDA Meet and Greet Event Thursday, Feb 13th. 6-8 pm. Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, 1945 Quimby Street. Northwest Neighbors and businesses are being invited to share concerns and learn about the latest community updates. Each committee is responsible for an informational booth. This is an opportunity to reach new members and to educate neighborhood residents on the work of our Air Quality Committee. Neighbors can learn where and how to make odor complaints and know what happens to the complaints. Can you help with this and join us for a beer?
Attendees: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Jorjan Parker, Evan Farnham
-Bob Holmstrom and Bob Amundson will be NAC members inspecting Esco GNA Emissions Reduction Projects #1 and #7 on Wednesday, January 22 at 9 am.. The dust collectors are installed and operational for the capture and control of Doghouse fugitives as per project 1. Project 7 included bag leak detection probes installed, calibrated and operational for EAF and AOD bag houses.
City Council will be briefed on the Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement Wednesday January 22 at 10:30 am.
We did not have a quorum. Members in attendance request Kathy Sharp to represent the Air Quality Committee on the on-going Site Logistics Plan group until Sharon returns.
The neighbors who originally submitted odor complaints concerning Cascade Rubber Products were contacted and encouraged to continue to submit odor complaints as they are impacted. Odor complaints that include the most details have the most impact.
There have been no odor complaints this month. Complaints from neighbors experiencing air quality problems are what drive the system improvements. We discussed what we can do to educate those impacted to report problems.
“What’s in Our Air”. No update.
- Esco GNA Emission Reduction Projects #1 and #7 are complete. As per Project 1 the dust collectors are installed and operational for the capture and control of Doghouse fugitives per project 1. The bag leak detection probes are installed, calibrated and operational for the EAF and AOD bag houses, per project 7. The GNA allows for inspections within 60 days. NAC members will be inspecting.
- Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Agreement.
o Briefing the City Council on the Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Agreement on January 22 @ 10:30 am.
o Vote on our representative to the on-going Site Logistics Plan group.
- Cascade Rubber Products. What are our next steps?
- Odor Complaints.
- “What’s in Our Air” update.
Attendees: Kathy Sharp. Bob L, Bill Welch, Phil Selinger, Evan Farnham, Jorjan Parker.
Absent: Sarah Taylor, Sharon Genasci, Myriam Alaux.
Update on Con-way Agreement: The agreement has not been signed yet. No problems just waiting for final review and signing. There is still a green light on the CMAQ (Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality) funds just no time line on their availability. The CMAC funds are the funds that will retrofit equipment.
The NWDA board has a motion on the agenda for Monday, December 16th to create a working group of three representatives to follow and monitor the agreement.
Motion 5: The NWDA Board charges each of the Air Quality, Planning and Transportation Committees to appoint one person from each committee as an ad hoc “CE John and NWDA Air Quality and Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement” (GNA) monitoring group, to remain active over the life of the GNA, with replacement representation over time as appropriate. That group will further designate a person to perform on-site monitoring as prescribed in the GNA. The work of that group is to be guided by the Board President and/or the Air Quality Committee chairperson.
Discussion of meeting with Alex Yale : Sharon and Kathy met with Alex Yale, an architect for Anderson Construction, working on a project just south of the New Season’s site. He met with us to be briefed on the Clean Diesel Agreement. He expressed interest in meeting the same standards in their project. Anderson Construction has met with the planning committee.
Odor complaints: There have been no new odor complaints. Bob has added Kathy to receive complaints while Sharon is away.
Cascade Rubber Products, Next Steps? Cascade Rubber Products does not hold a permit. Kathy will follow-up with DEQ.
Responses to meeting with Josh Alpert, the Mayor’s Sustainability Policy Director: The meeting was requested by Josh to brief him on the Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Agreement and air pollution concerns in the neighborhood.. Kathy was unable to attend because of work. Sharon briefed and felt the meeting went well. She also shared concerns expressed at the Air Quality Committee of the impact of restaurants and other small sources. They are currently handled on a case by case basis with no attention paid to the overall impact on air quality.. Josh expressed that it was important for the city to play a part in cleaning up Portland.
The NWDA executive committee expressed displeasure that the meeting was held without notifying the board, the executive committee or the NWDA president. There was much discussion.
What’s in our Air? Sharon and the NWDA Air Quality Committee branded the slogan “What’s In Our Air” with its use as the title for a documentary and lawn signs. Neighbors for Clean Air picked it up and used it for their URL. Members of the NWDA tried to persuade NCA not to do that and subsequently purchased NCA.com. Recently a trade of URL’s was pursued and failed.
• Update on Conway Agreement, CMAX funds, NWDA Board meeting.
• Discussion of meeting with Alex Yale, architect for Anderson Construction, a developer
working in the Con-way area.
• Odor complaints
• Cascade Rubber Products, 1828 Quimby. What will be the next step?
• Responses to meeting with Josh Alpert, the Mayor’s Sustainability Policy Director.
• What’s in Our Air? Should we do business cards to educate about odor complaints and
promote our work?
Hope to see you there.
Kathy Sharp, Acting Chair, NWDA AQC
A neighbor discusses the arguments in a recent article.
At the November 18th NWDA Board meeting, the “CE John and NWDA Clean Diesel and Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement: Conway Master Plan” was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. The agreement is: final draft GNA 5761688_8; with two attached exhibits:
This agreement addresses the following aspects of construction of the Con-way Master Planned properties:
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Management
- Access Management
- Traffic Management
- Safety, Security and Construction Site Management
The agreement was originally to be with Con-way, through this arrangement places the term of the agreement in the hands of Con-way’s master developer who will own and manage the projects as they unfold. Thomas DiChiara, Senior Vice President of Development for CE John attended the meeting and expressed the firm’s commitment to clean and well-managed projects in the Northwest district. CE John has already constructed major projects in the neighborhood including the Benevento, the Ida Fuller and Sawyer’s Row. All have received positive feedback from the NWDA’s Planning Committee.
While Exhibit D, above, is in final form, Exhibit C is subject to adjustment as it is employed for the first project, as that technical scoring framework is new and untested.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that supported this effort is awaiting final word on a Federal Highway grant that would assist with the retrofit of construction equipment to meet current EPA clean diesel standards.
NWDA has been led in this effort by Board member, Kathy Sharp, and Air Quality Committee Chair, Sharon Genasci, with further support from Board President Phil Selinger and environmental attorney, David Paul. DEQ also provided valued support.
The NWDA is appreciative of the voluntary engagement of both Con-way and CE John in the preparation of this draft agreement. Much work remains to apply the agreement to the first Con-way Master Plan property, Block 296, which will include a New Seasons grocery store. That project is scheduled to break ground in early 2014.
November, 8, 2013
The meeting was held at Friendly house, and began with introductions, though no public was there, except for Allan Classen from NW Examiner.
Quarterly meeting dates were set for the next year.
Mary Peveto and John Krallman (NCA, Neighbors for Clean Air)
gave a status report on the air quality monitor planned for Chapman Elementary School. Esco has donated $25,000.00 to monitor at the school. Early December or early January draft plans will be sent out, and training will begin, showing people how to set up the monitor and how to break it down. Among others, they are working with Linda George from PSU. They are planning on students from PSU helping with the monitoring, which will be for particulate, pm10 and pm 2.5.
The draft monitoring plan will be brought to the NAC for approval.
The Subcommittee for the Emergency Response Plan, Bob Holmstrom, NWDA, Tom Giese from NCA, Shannon Huggins and Travis Quarles from Esco, is working on an effective plan, should there be an emergency (fire, baghouse failure etc) at Esco. It will utilize information gathered by NCA in a survey sent out to neighbors asking for their suggestions in such a situation. Ninety neighbors responded. Sharon suggested that NWDA hold a meeting to release to the neighbors the Emergency Response Plan once it is completed.
Regarding the controls that Esco undertook to complete over the five years of their permit, numbers 3 & 10 have been completed now. Currently they are working on dust collection for projects 1,5,6 and 7 (attachment A, GNA). See Portland Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) .com on line.
New binders with 35-40 per cent less phenol are being tested at plant 3 and new binders (still using phenol) are being also tested at plant 1.
There were a couple of violations at the plant during the last quarter, one on July 17, 2013. The baghouse did not function properly, and Esco was fined $2,200.00.
NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting
November 11, 2013
Present: Judy Grace, David Arrow, Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Phil Selinger, Max Brunke, Sarah Taylor, Mike Liefeld (City of Portland) Sharon Genasci
Mike Liefeld, Enforcement Program Manager, Bureau of Development Services, City of Portland, was our invited guest. Some people on our committee are having problems with restaurant smoke and food smells occupying their homes and gardens. It occurred to us that it would be good to speak with the enforcement officer at the City about tools available to citizens to correct this situation. It also seemed like a good opportunity to think of our airshed as a commons, owned by all of us, and necessary to our lives. We wanted to know what is being done on the policy side in this state to regulate the many new and changing businesses that use the airshed to get rid of their smoke and gaseous waste.
First, it was gratifying to learn that unpermitted odor complaints can be addressed at the City by calling Michael’s office at 503 823 2633 or submitting an online complaint form at, www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and click on the Enforcement tab. Businesses that are permitted are enforced through the DEQ. In citing an odor complaint it is always important to include the source of the odor if possible. His office has code authority to levy fines or set code enforcement fees up to $600.00/month if the standard of the code is found to have been violated. He suggested that the best way to trigger a City investigation is to keep a log of the odors, time, duration and place over a period of some days. This gives the City people an idea of the frequency and duration of problem odors. The odor must exceed fifteen minutes to violate the code.
We also discussed the policy side for these types of emissions. Policy would most likely fall under the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Little is being done, as far as any of us knows. It was suggested that someone at the City level should be doing research to see how cities in California, for example, are regulating new business’ emissions into the airshed through smokestack requirements for scrubbers or other means. We decided to write the City asking for information.
Kathy, Phil and Sharon then briefed the group on the latest regarding the Clean Diesel & Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA), which is now with CE John, rather than Con-way. CE John is the developer for the New Seasons Store (starting construction in January, 2014, owner of various other Con-way properties, and is the main developer in the Con-way Master Plan Area.
Phil, Kathy, David Paul (NWDA attorney) and Sharon met on November
11th with Con-way attorney, Jill Long and CE John representative, Tom Di
Chiara. This was probably the last of the meetings taking place over a year to develop a GNA with high standards that would protect the neighborhood from diesel particulate, a known carcinogen. The final draft of the GNA is being prepared by Jill Long, but the group is feeling that few issues remain now between the two parties.
Finally, a couple of neighbors at the meeting live in the Pearl in a tower block on 9th and Lovejoy. They described problems with fuel and other odors at their 14th floor apartment. It was thought that some of the odors may come from Amtrak or from barge loading on the river.