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Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC)

Air and Water Project Group

NEDC’s Air group consists of members working together to address air quality concerns facing the Pacific Northwest.  


Air and Toxics

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the country. This development strains natural resources and often adversely affects air quality. NEDC is regularly involved in efforts to maintain or enhance the air quality of the Pacific Northwest. One of the primary ways we accomplish this is by serving as a watchdog over Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its permitting process. The Clean Air Act requires emissions sources to apply for permits that outline performance standards and emission limitations. Student volunteers regularly comment on proposals for new permits and permit modifications, monitor current permits in search of violations, and stay on top of major air quality issues, such as changes in administrative regulations.

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