4 results for author: Krista Snell


Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution

Old dirty diesel engines may soon be on their way out SALEM -- Diesel exhaust from heavy-duty engines is one of Oregon’s biggest air toxic problems and can be solved by replacing old polluting engines with newer diesel engines or with trucks and equipment that run on cleaner fuels like electricity. In a 44 to 15 vote in favor of HB 2007, the Oregon House has chosen to accelerate this critical transition.“We have known about diesel’s pernicious impacts on human health for decades,” said Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Legislative Director of Oregon Environmental Council. “Today’s landmark vote signals that the Oregon House cares about Oregonian...

OEC Battles Chemical Industry Over Safer Kids’ Products

In 2015, Oregon Environmental Council championed the Toxic Free Kids Act. The law is designed to make children’s products safer by eliminating toxic chemicals scientifically linked to health impacts. Now, this landmark protection for kids and consumers is nearing a critical crossroads.In a recent meeting with state agencies, industry trade groups launched another attack on the law. They want to be able to continue using toxic chemicals without proving their products are safe.On top of that, some manufacturers want Oregon taxpayers to foot the bill when they are required to assess the safety of the children’s products that bring them ...

Oregon Lawmakers Take Action Against White House Attacks on Environmental Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2019PORTLAND, OR - The Environmental Protection Act (HB 2250) has passed the Senate and is headed to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown. HB 2250 ensures that Oregon’s standards for clean air and clean water remain high even as the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental laws at the federal level.We are in an unprecedented era where we cannot take environmental protections for granted. Clean air and clean water are the building blocks of a thriving society and strong economy.These protections are fundamental to environmental and public health. They ensure safe drinking water, clean water for ...

Transportation Options Abound During National Bike Month!

May is here and warmer weather is on the way. Spring is calling us to get out and enjoy all the beauty Oregon has to offer.May is also National Bike Month and that means many of us have an extra impetus to commute to work via bike and log more miles on our city streets over the weekend. It is no secret that the Portland metro region has one of the highest rate of commuters biking to work in the nation, and National Bike Month is a great reason to join the the ranks.All these bikes on the road have a positive impact on the environment and the individual. Commuting to work and running errands via bike is cost effective, reduces your carbon ...