8-16-14 NWDA Transportation Committee agenda

Comments Off on 8-16-14 NWDA Transportation Committee agenda

Attached is the agenda for the August 6, 2014 Transportation Committee agenda:  8-06-14 NWDA TransCom agenda

NWDA Air Quality Committee

Comments Off on NWDA Air Quality Committee

. NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes

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

Comments Off on NWDA Air Quality Committee, NAC Meeting Notes, 7.11.14

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