Air Quality Commission
The Pendleton Air Quality Commission (AQC) was established in January of 1991 to address air quality issues in Pendleton. Our main purpose has been to educate the public. We have focused on three areas of concern: 1) Health Issues. This includes both short- and long-term respiratory problems, with an understanding that children, elderly, and individuals with allergies, asthma, emphysema and other specific health problems are at greatest risk. 2) Quality of Life Issues. Although difficult to describe, this includes the ability to enjoy clean air and clear blue skies. 3) Meeting federal Clean Air Act (CAA) Standards. The AQC has worked hard to ensure that Pendleton remains an attainment area under the CAA.
The Pendleton AQC has a number of educational materials available, including brochures, posters, bookmarks, and a Good Neighbor Packet. Much of this material is courtesy of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon State University Extension Service. The AQC undertakes a yearly “Care For Our Air” campaign, reaching out to the public through newspapers and radio. The AQC also generates a daily Air Quality Forecast during the winter months which uses local weather conditions and air quality data to determine the conditions for wood stove burning and open burning. The AQC has no budget and must operate through grant funding.
Members of the AQC include: Bryan Branstetter, City Council member; Dr. Kent Walker, who represents the health care community; Tom Straughan, representative of the agriculture community; Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service; Kathryn Brown, former nurse, author of health-based articles and writer for the East Oregonian; Sarah Burford, an interested citizen; and Stan Prowant, recently retired Chemistry and Geology instructor at BMCC. Karen King, Regulatory Specialist for the City, is the city resource on the AQC. We also have a great deal of support from local agency people.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you would like additional information about the Pendleton Air Quality Commission or the next AQC meeting, please contact Karen King at 541-966-0249 or Karen.King@ci.pendleton.or.us.