6 results for tag: air quality


New report: Oregon fails on diesel

This month, Oregon’s cross-agency team of experts made it very clear: None of our current efforts to reduce diesel pollution have worked, or will work, to meet our state’s goals for protecting human and environmental health. "Diesel emissions impacts to human health and the environment are not being adequately addressed by the DEQ [Department of Environmental Quality] or through Toxics Reduction Strategy planning.” This matter-of-fact statement, and details about Oregon’s diesel problem, are part of a newly updated toxics reduction strategy presented to the Environmental Quality Commission in January 2019. The strategy is designed to work ...

Wildfires and our water resources

As we face a future with more wildfires, it's time to start looking beyond the burn. Even after flames die down, our watersheds are still at increased risk.

Concerned about wood smoke? Attend a meeting.

This past summer, residents of Multnomah County (and other parts of the state) breathed air heavily polluted by nearby forest fires. Many individuals had problems breathing and burning eyes and runny noses. The smoke-filled air was especially harmful to those with existing heart and lung diseases.Many people don't realize that burning wood in a fireplace or wood stove produces the same type of pollution as a forest fire, including tiny particles and gases that harm our health in many ways.* Along with diesel exhaust and industrial pollution, wood smoke is a major air quality concern in Oregon. Burning wood pollutes the air inside ...

What do you know about wood smoke?

Myths and Facts About Wood SmokeIs the ambiance of a fireplace and the coziness of a wood stove worth serious health consequences? As we head into winter, take a moment to learn more about the downsides of wood smoke and how to reduce health impacts on your neighbors and your family.Myth: Wood is a natural substance, so burning it couldn’t be bad.Fact: Some 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned how to make fire, and we’ve been burning wood ever since. But that doesn’t mean that inhaling wood smoke is good for our health. We all know that tobacco—a natural substance—is a carcinogen. Likewise arsenic—another naturally ...

Health First for Air Quality

If we want to breathe healthy air, Oregon must deal with serious toxic air pollution from a number of sources.

Wildfire smoke and my fireplace.

What does it feel like to be vulnerable to air pollution? Let me tell you my story...One Friday a while back, I couldn't seem to get a deep breath. I thought it was due to over-exerting myself (I'm six months pregnant so I get tired pretty easily). I didn't realize that a steady stream of smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest was slowly rolling into the Portland metro area, impacting the air quality all around me. It was a warm summer night, and I'm a typical Oregonian without air conditioning, so my husband and I slept with the screen door to our bedroom open that night, breathing the outside air as it got worse and worse. I slept ...