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Cleaner Air Oregon announces statewide inspection for potential metal emitters

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will inspect one-third of 316 facilities authorized by law to emit metals into the air.

The inspections will begin in June and will be prioritized based on reported data and facilities' proximity to homes, schools and hospitals. 

These inspections are an important part of Cleaner Air Oregon, which is an initiative started by Governor Kate Brown. DEQ plans to collect and verify metals data from facilities statewide.

The list of facilities includes ones that are permitted to emit one or more of the following nine metals: arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, manganese, nickel and selenium.

In a letter to Governor Brown, DEQ outlined other actions under Cleaner Air Oregon, including expanded monitoring to focus on a wider range of toxics as well as specific pollutants and neighborhoods.

DEQ also uses existing moss data collected by the United States Forest Service for their monitoring program.

For more information on Cleaner Air Oregon visit cleanerairoregon.org.

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