EPA has announced up to $700,000 available to state regulators for Community-Scale Air Monitoring to assess the risk in the toxic hot spots like those identified in the USA Today Smokestack Report. See the list of schools that rank the worst in Oregon.
DEQ must get approval from the Oregon Legislature to submit an application for these funds. At a time when budgets are so austere, there is no way monitoring money will be found in the state, it seems logical that Oregon should take advantage of federal money that comes with no matching requirements.
Please consider contacting the co-chairs of the Ways and Means Committee and urging them to put this grant request on the agenda:
Sen Richard Devlin- Co Chair 503-986-1719, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Peter Buckley Co-Chair, 503-986-1405, email@example.com
Representative Dennis Richardson, CO chair, 503-986-1404, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the committee, including names, emails and telephone numbers for the all members, and the agenda, you can visit the Oregon Legislature Ways and Means Committe Website.