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Opportunity to comment on proposed City and County Clean Air Construction Standard

The Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners passed parallel resolutions on Sept. 20, 2018, committing to establish a Clean Air Construction Procurement Standard. The standard would require equipment used on City and County construction projects to dramatically reduce diesel particulate matter from older diesel engines.

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed policy now.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland residents have the highest exposure to air toxics in the state and are well above national averages for cancer risk and respiratory hazards from air toxics. Soot from older diesel engines is among the most prevalent and harmful airborne toxins in the region. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, much of the Portland Metro area registers diesel particulate matter at levels 10 times above the benchmark concentrations set by the state.

During the past two months City and County staff drafted the proposed Portland and Multnomah County Clean Air Construction Standard, incorporating additional stakeholder feedback from the September hearing. Staff plan to return to City Council and County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 13, 2018, for a final hearing to adopt the proposed Standard.

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The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed policy now.

Public comment on the proposed City of Portland and Multnomah County Clean Air Construction Standard will be accepted now through Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. This project is a joint effort between the City of Portland and Multnomah County. All public comments will be collected through Multnomah County. All information you submit, including your name and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Public comments may be submitted here.