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

LIVING DIESEL
Informative and entertaining documentary on diesel, causes and solutions
Filmed in Portland, Oregon by Savannah Teller-Brown

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

NWDA Air Quality Committee Agenda, 3.9.15

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NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting Agenda

(Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, 24th Place and NW Vaughn, 7:00 p.m.)

3.9.15

1. Clean Diesel Projects – Sharon and Kathy update

2. Neighborhood Summit update – Sharon

3. Demolitions update – Sharon

4. Train Idling

5. Monitoring – discussion all.

6. Canvassing – Greg update

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

NWDA Air Quality Committee Agenda, 2.9.15

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February 9, 2015

Agenda, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting, Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, NW 24th Place and Vaughn

1. Good Sam Clean Diesel Agreement
2. Site Logistics for John Residential Clean Diesel Agreement
3. Cascade Rubber update
4. Train idling update
5. Clean Fuels discussion
6. Demolitions, releasing lead and asbestos

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 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

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