Another reason for a health-first approach
This story makes it clear: Oregon must commit to strong leadership that makes the health of our communities top priority.
That means not only enforcing anti-pollution laws, but also seeking stronger solutions when those laws fail to protect our communities.
It means not only digging deep to uncover threats to our health, but also keeping communities informed about risks and involved in decision-making over solutions.
It means not only fining businesses when they pollute, but building incentives for businesses to stop pollution before it starts with less-toxic products and processes.
Oregon needs leaders who put the health of our communities as their first measure of success. And there’s no time like the present: let’s appoint a new director to the Department of Environmental Quality with the strength and know-how to put health first.
P.S. If you care about clean water, you recognize the same industry regulations need to be in place for clean air. Sign our pledge to put health first in air quality regulations.