Air Quality Committee

whatsinourairThe NWDA Air Quality Committee, known as the Health and Environment Committee until a name change in February 2012, strives to monitor and improve the quality of the air in the Northwest neighborhood with the goal of creating a healthy environment for everyone living, working in, and visiting the neighborhood. Sharon Genasci chairs the Committee.

WHEN YOU SMELL IT, REPORT IT
The single most important action is that citizens complain to DEQ when they smell industrial odors in the neighborhood.
FILL OUT AN ODOR COMPLAINT FORM
Click here to go directly to the odor complaint form.

DOWNLOAD A “What’s in our air” SIGN TO PRINT AND PUT IN YOUR WINDOW
Black and White PDF format
Color PDF format

CONTACT OFFICIALS
Tell them about the industrial odors you experience in Northwest Portland’s air.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales – mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov
US Senator Ron Wyden – http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz – amanda@portlandoregon.gov

If you are concerned about diesel emissions, call Kevin Downing at ODEQ (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality) tel. 503 229 6549, email, downing.kevin@DEQ.state.or.us and submit an odor complaint at www.portlandair.org/odorcomplaint.

AIR QUALITY DOCUMENTS
NWDA Health & Environment Committee GNA Minority Report (PDF)
Air Quality Monitoring Program for Northwest Portland, Interim Report (PDF)
Air Quality Monitoring Program for Northwest Portland, Interim Report #2 (PDF)
Air Quality Monitoring Program for Northwest Portland, Final Report (PDF)
Air Quality Committee Achievements 1994-2012 (PDF)
Air Quality Committee Work Plan Draft (PDF)

LEARN MORE
Currently, the Air Quality Committee is working on a good neighbor agreement with Conway to achieve clean diesel construction in the Conway master plan area over the next 10 years.
Join us and help with this effort. AQC meetings are the second Monday of every month at the Sliver Cloud Inn breakfast room (NW Vaughn and 24th Place at 7pm).
Here are some links to clean diesel information and videos:
Report Finds Dirtier West Coast Trucks End Up In Oregon
City Club Report – Invisible Enemies: Reducing Air Toxics in the Portland Airshed
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/diesel
http://northeastdiesel.org/construction.html
Watch EPA video “Breathing Clean by Building Green”
http://www.catf.us/diesel
http://dieselcleanup.org
http://www.catf.us/diesel/dieselhealth

Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting, 1.12.2015

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 Meeting Agenda

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Agenda, Air Quality Committee meeting

(January 12, 2015, Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, 24th Place and NW Vaughn, at 7:00 pm )

1. Work Plan status – Kathy
2. Comprehensive Plan – what needs to be done – Sharon & Kathy
3. Good Sam clean diesel agreement – Kathy
4. Other clean diesel agreements – Sharon & Kathy
5. Cascade Rubber –update – Sharon
6. Site Logistics Meeting – Kathy
7. Train Idling update and discussion
8. The next ESCO NAC meeting (Slinger Bay)

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 Meeting Agenda 12.8.14

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AIR QUALITY COMMITTEE AGENDA
December 8th 2014, Breakfast Room,Silver Cloud Inn, NW 24th Place & Vaughn, 7:00 p.m.

NWDA board meeting action on slinger bay
Report from the meeting with Good Samaritan on November 24th, regarding agreement to follow the CE John clean diesel requirements in further construction agreements,as well as with other service contractors and deliveries to the hospital.
Odor complaints.
Report on the time frame and work on the update to the Comprehensive Plan.
Site Logistic Plan report and update.
What to do about Cascade Rubber?

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 ESCO NAC (Neighborhood Advisory Committee) Notes

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Notes, ESCO Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting (Good Neighbor Agreement)

10.27.14

Present: Aubrey Baldwin, Chair, John Krallman and Mary Peveto, Neighbors for Clean Air, Bob Holmstrom, Bob Amundson and Sharon Genasci, NWDA Air Quality Committee, Kathy Sharp, Alternate, NWDA Air Quality Committee, Travis Quarles, Austin Peterson, Shannon Huggins. ESCO. Several members of the public were also present

The main item on the agenda was the monitoring plan for Chapman School that was agreed in the ESCO GNA (Good Neighbor Agreement).

ESCO set a limit of $25,000.00, which they would provide for the Chapman Monitoring project. John Krallman and Mary Peveto presented the proposed project. They said they have worked two years to get DEQ and city approval. They added that they would use low flow equipment, which is less expensive, and they would monitor for 2.5 particulate. The fine particulate is most invasive from a health standpoint, as the tiny particles imbed in the lungs. Bob Amundson had urged them to monitor for 2.5.

There was discussion about also monitoring for PM10, which is much larger, and would carry more metals, but this would have resulted in DEQ having to go through the review again and would delay the project.

It was pointed out by DEQ that the low flow samplers will probably not sample enough air to collect some important contaminants.

Mary Peveto announced that $10,000.00 of the original budget had already been spent. Sharon Genasci and others on the NAC had not been informed that monies had already been spent. Peveto said $15,000.00 remained for the year long monitoring project. Genasci asked for an account of funds spent, and Peveto agreed.

Lively discussion followed about whether the project as conceived is worthwhile. Travis said that ESCO would prefer that voting on the project be postponed so he could try to rent better equipment.

Aubrey and Mary insisted the vote should take place.
Sharon Genasci’s was the only vote against.

A member of the public asked what would become of the equipment at the end of the project? Peveto said it would belong to Neighbors for Clean Air.

Odor complaints were on the agenda. Sharon pointed out that www.portlandair.org , the NWDA website, had shown 31 odor complaints for ESCO this year, down from last year, but that people living near the plant smell it nearly every day. She also said there have been several complaints about Cascade Rubber (NW 20th & Quimbey). They make parts for ESCO. New housing has been built next to the plant, so in addition to complaints from former Residents, new residents are concerned about the daily emissions.

Finally, Genasci asked Travis about plans for controls on Slinger Bay. ESCO was awarded five years in the GNA to plan for controls on this building on Vaughn and 24th. No plans so far. Travis said ESCO would wait until the new permit.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, Air Quality Committee

NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting Agenda 11.10.4

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AQC Meeting Agenda
Monday 7:00 pm. Silver Cloud Inn, Breakfast Room (NW 24th Place & Vaughn).

11.10.14

1.AQC testimony Nov. 4, 2014 on City’s Comprehensive Plan Draft

2.Report from ESCO’s NAC meeting (Neighborhood Advisory Committee), established under the Good Neighbor Agreement.
Chapman School air monitoring plan status (NAC)

3.Odor Complaints

4.Train Idling

5.Site Logistic Plan repor†. (John Residential construction of New Seasons Store under clean diesel agreement)

6.Cascade Rubber

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 Agenda 10.13.14

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Agenda, NWDA Air Quality Committee

October 13, 7:00 p.m., Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, NW 24th Place and Vaughn
1. AQC amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan – Sharon

2. Odor complaints

3. Good Sam update – Kathy Sharp

4. Site Logistics report (NWDA oversight for clean diesel in New Seasons construction, NW 22nd & Raleigh) – Sharon

5. ESCO NAC (neighborhood advisory committee) meeting 5:00 p.m., Friendly House, October 27th Public welcome.

6. AQC Work Plan

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

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