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Eugene Toxics Board Members Appointed - 07/11/18

Eugene Council recently reappointed Evan Shenkin and appointed Donald Eagan and Nicole Paterson to serve on the Eugene Toxics Board.

Evan Shenkin – reappointed to Position 6, an Advocacy position – holds two Master’s Degrees, and recently graduated with a PhD in Environmental Sociology from the University of Oregon. Evan reapplied to serve on the Toxics Board because he wants to fulfill the intended mission and vision of the original Charter Amendment. During his second term on the Board, he will use his extensive background in studying environmental justice and the relationship between race, class, gender and rates of toxic exposure to offer sound policy suggestions for the use of toxics in the community. Evan also plans to get involved in community outreach to foster better awareness of the Eugene Toxics Right-to-Know Program’s benefit to the community.

Donald Eagan – appointed to Position 3, an Industry position – is the EHS Manager for Pierce Fittings Inc. Donald applied to serve on the Toxics Board to expand his understanding of regulatory requirements, while doing his part to help to save the environment. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in manufacturing, which includes chemical management since joining the U.S. Navy in 1977. Donald believes that manufacturers have the right to directly express their needs and concerns in a safe and fair platform. He would like to help ensure that manufacturing organizations have a fair opportunity to implement new and ongoing rules and regulations.

Nicole Paterson – appointed to Position 4, an Advocacy position – is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon. Nicole applied to serve on the Toxics Board to be of service to her community by using her specialized knowledge of chemistry and being part of the conversation on matters of city policy. She believes programs like the Eugene Toxics Right-to-Know Program help protect community members and keep Eugene a safe and healthy place to thrive.

The Toxics Board makes policy governing the City of Eugene’s hazardous materials reporting program. By Charter Amendment, the Toxics Board is authorized to enforce the reporting requirements and impose penalties. There are seven members on the board: three members who are employed by or are agents of businesses required to report under the law; three who have a proven record of environmental advocacy; and one member who must be nominated by at least four of the other six members. The City Council then appoints the seventh (and neutral) member from the nomination submitted by the other six members. Members may serve only two three-year terms, and members may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The Toxics Board meets approximately every other month, and its proceedings are governed by Oregon’s open public meeting laws. 

The Eugene Toxics Right-to-Know Program was created and is governed by Section 54 of the Eugene City Charter, Amendment IV, which was adopted by citizen initiative in November 1996. It requires that businesses meeting certain criteria report their hazardous substance use to the City, that the City make that information public, and that hazardous substance users pay fees as necessary to operate the program. Providing additional program governance are Sections 3.690 to 3.696 of the Eugene Code, which were added by Ordinance originally taking effect in March and August of 2000. To learn more about the Eugene Toxics Right-to-Know Program, go to www.eugene-or.gov/toxics, or call 541-682-7118.

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