Special Board Meeting – Dec 1, 2014

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The draft agenda for our special board meeting to be held on Monday, December 1st is now available. What began as a meeting with the sole purpose of reviewing committee work plans has now, by necessity, expanded into other issues, including discussion of NWDA’s position opposing demolition of the Ballow & Wright building.

The meeting is public and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a public comment period during which members of the community can share their opinions about the Ballow & Wright building and other issues.

Download agenda: NWDA Special Board Meeting Agenda_ December 1, 2014 v1

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

11-5-14 NWDA Transportation Committee minutes

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Attached are the minutes for the November 5, 2014 NWDA Transportation Committee.  11-5-14 NWDA TransCom minutes

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