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

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

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, NAC Meeting Notes, 7.11.14

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

July 11, 2014

Present: ESCO, Travis Quarles, Shannon Huggins, Emily Owens and Catherine Robinson; NAC representatives, Aubrey Baldwin, Chair, Tom Giese, John Krallman and Mary Peveto, Neighbors for Clean Air, Bob Amundson, Kathy Sharp and Sharon Genasci, NWDA

Aubrey announced that she was taking a new job teaching at PCC Cascade, and her schedule is yet to be decided. All present asked her to continue as Chair, and change NAC meetings to suit her new schedule.

Aubrey and Travis talked about the Annual ESCO tours of Plants 1 and 3, held on May 12th The people who attended were appreciative of the tours, but ESCO and NAC representatives were disappointed in the numbers who turned out. It was decided that next year notice about the tours should go out sooner. Mary suggested that it might work well to link the tours to information about emergency response plans.

John spoke about the Emergency Response Plan. He and Bob Holmstrom have worked on this. There is no final plan yet. Travis agreed to send out the current draft plan.

John introduced the Chapman School Monitoring Plan, which is funded by ESCO under terms of the GNA. NCA is carrying out the project with GCM (Global Community Monitoring) and Linda George and students at PSU. A draft of the plan was distributed to NAC members for discussion.

The plan calls for two types of particulate monitoring, PM 10 and the much smaller PM 2.5. The plan is to start monitoring for PM 10 and later switch to PM 2.5. Bob Amundson, who ran monitoring programs for NWDA Health & Environment Committee (now NWDA Air Quality Committee) for many years pointed out that PM 2.5 would pose the most serious problems for children’s health, so it might be best to start with the PM 2.5.

Sharon added that the monitoring sites at Chapman (2 monitors) will be useful as far as showing the quality of the air at the school over the year of the tests, but probably will not be useful in showing whether ESCO’s new controls are working as planned, because of wind speed and direction at that site.

Aubrey and Travis said that the monitoring was not intended to find a source, only to see levels of pollution at Chapman.

Travis then spoke about ESCO’s progress under the GNA.
They have now found a new binder with lower levels of phenol and naphthalene for Plant 1. He promised to send out to NAC members details about the new binder.

In answer to Aubrey’s question about the total reduction in
emissions with the new binder, Travis said they haven’t done final calculations yet.

Sharon Genasci, Chair NWDA Air Quality Committee

Agenda, NWDA AQC Meeting, June 2nd, 2014, 7:00 pm

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Agenda, NWDA AQC Meeting, June 2nd, 2014, 7:00 pm, Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, 24th & NW Vaughn

1. Report on EPA grant to retrofit small, and minority contractors with tier 4 to reduce diesel emissions.
2. Report on first Site Logistics Plan meeting for Good Neighbor Agreement to reduce diesel emissions in the Con-way Master Plan area construction.
3. Status of Good Sam diesel reduction discussions
4. Reverse 911 registration
5. Website suggestions to improve outreach
6. Esco odor complaints
7. Restaurant odors, and how to work with the City to regulate stack emissions.

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