Department of Environmental Quality: Agency Subdivisions

Environmental Quality Commission

Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland 97232
Phone: 503-229-5695
Fax: 503-229-6124
Contact: Greg Aldrich

Duties and Responsibilities: The commission, DEQ’s policy and rulemaking board, adopts administrative rules, issues orders and judges appeals of fines or other department actions and hires the DEQ director. Commission members are appointed to four-year terms by the governor.

Air and Water Quality Divisions

Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland 97232
Phone: Toll-free (Oregon only): 1-800-452-4011
Ali Mirzakhalili, Air Quality Administrator,  503-229-5041
Justin Green, Water Quality Administrator,  503-229-2018

Duties and Responsibilities: DEQ’s Air and Water Quality Programs work to keep Oregon’s air and water clean and clear. DEQ employees monitor air and water quality and permit and inspect facilities—from major manufacturers to small shops—throughout the state to ensure they are complying with environmental regulations. The programs provide valuable data showing long-term trends in Oregon’s air and water quality as well as real-time conditions through tools such as the Air Quality Index, which provides  snapshots of air quality conditions across Oregon.
 
The Water Quality Program protects and improves Oregon’s air and water quality, ensuring that the state’s waterways are safe for drinking water, fish and wildlife, recreation and irrigation. The program develops and implements water quality standards, regulates sewage treatment systems and industrial dischargers, collects and evaluates water quality data, provides grants and technical assistance to improve water quality and provides loans to communities to upgrade treatment facilities.
 
The Air Quality Program works to ensure that Oregon’s air meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards required by the Federal Clean Air Act. The program monitors and analyzes air quality data, regulates emissions from a variety of sources and conducts vehicle emissions testing in the Medford and Portland areas.

Land Quality Division

Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland 97232
Phone: 503-229-6411; Toll-free (Oregon only): 1-800-452-4011
Contact: Lydia Emer, Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities: The division oversees agency programs in environmental cleanup and site assessment, hazardous and solid waste, spill response, underground storage tanks and materials management. DEQ inventories and assesses sites contaminated with hazardous waste and supervises development and implementation of cleanup strategies. The emergency response program provides DEQ’s round-the-clock capability to deal with releases of hazardous materials and oil to both land and water and provides on-scene incident commanders for major cleanups. DEQ oversees Oregon’s only hazardous waste landfill, regulates hazardous waste disposal and offers business pollution prevention assistance.