air quality

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A buildup of smoky air from wildfires prompted Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality to issue a warning for several parts of the state on Tuesday (Aug. 18).

DEQ urged residents in much of Oregon to take precautions to limit their exposure to the smoke.

Complaint Filed Over Power Plant Air

Aug 12, 2014
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Opponents of toxic pollution have painstakingly documented the way in which such pollution causes greater risks to people in poverty. 

Think about it; if you had the money to move away from a power plant, wouldn't you? 

Now several groups are complaining to the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the situation, specifically about a biomass power plant in Eugene. 

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Fire season is only a week old, and Rogue Valley residents are already asking "where's the fire?"

The answer: near Bend.  Oregon Forestry confirms that the smoke pall hanging over the Rogue Valley blew in from the Two Bulls Fire northwest of Bend, which had covered more than 6,000 acres of land by Sunday morning (June 8).

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It took a long time to clear the air, but the winter air in the greater Medford area is greatly improved from a couple of decades ago. 

In the late 80s, Jackson County and several cities passed ordinances regulating home woodstoves and fireplaces.