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Oregon Environmental Council: Stop stalling. It's time for lawmakers to help prevent accidents and pollution - 02/26/19

Oregon can no longer wait on a proposal to manage household hazardous waste

PORTLAND, Ore -- The elevator pitch:

Versions of House Bill 2772, which establishes a stewardship program for household hazardous waste, have stalled for the last two years inside the Oregon State Capitol. This bill must pass this year to help protect our homes and businesses from dangerous waste.

The basic details:
Who: Members of Oregon’s House Committee on Energy and the Environment
What: Members plan to discuss HB 2772, a program for household hazardous waste
When: 1 p.m., Feb. 28
Where: Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room D
Why: Oregon Environmental Council strongly supports passing this bill because this program impacts all of our homes and businesses.

Oregon’s House Committee on Energy and the Environment will hold a work session on HB 2772 to establish a product stewardship program for household hazardous waste. For two years in a row, the committee has recommended passing this bill only to have it stall without coming to a vote. 

This year, Oregonians have the chance to implement stronger oversight of household hazardous waste and ensure clean air and healthier communities.

“All Oregonians deserve access to services that ensure the safe and proper management of hazardous household products,” says Raphaela Hsu-Flanders, Healthy Environments Engagement Manager at Oregon Environmental Council. “Passing this bill would help protect our environmental and public health.”

The proposal, backed widely by both waste management experts and health and environmental interests, would ensure that Oregonians across the state have timely, accessible and reliable ways to dispose of household products that are flammable, caustic or toxic. The bill would establish fees for manufacturers that would create a fund to support household hazardous waste collection and education programs.

Right now, all Oregonians pay for programs to manage hazardous household products as part of our utility bills, whether we buy these products or not.  HB 2772 holds manufacturers, rather than taxpayers, responsible for the negative externalities of household hazardous products–that is, the harm that they can do to our health and environment if they spill or corrode in household storage, end up in garbage collection, or are illegally dumped.

Oregon Environmental Council strongly supports passing HB 2772. For more information, please visit: https://oeconline.org/hazardous-waste-stewardship/


About Oregon Environmental Council: We bring Oregonians together to protect our water, air and land with healthy solutions that work for today and for future generations. Founded in 1968 by concerned Oregonians from across the state, we are a membership-based, nonpartisan nonprofit. Follow us! @oeconline | OEConline.org

Attached Media Files: 20190226_HHW_press_release.pdf
Oregon Environmental Council: Andrea Durbin to transition to City of Portland leadership - 02/22/19

PORTLAND -- The elevator pitch:

The Board of Directors of Oregon Environmental Council announced Andrea Durbin, Executive Director, will end her 12-year employment, effective April 5. Durbin’s tenure includes the leadership on carbon pricing, adoption of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, the Coal to Clean law, which doubles Oregon’s renewable energy and gets rid of dirty coal, and the Toxics Free Kids Act, which protects children from dangerous chemicals in children’s products. She is also a founding member of Renew Oregon, a collaborative campaign to engage Oregonians and lawmakers to act on climate. On behalf of Oregon Environmental Council’s staff, Emerging Leaders Board, supporters and partners, the Board of Directors wishes Durbin success as Portland’s new Director at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). 

Who:              Oregon Environmental Council Executive Director Andrea Durbin
What:             Ends 12-year tenure to become Director at Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Portland
When:             Effective April 5
Where:           Portland, Oregon
Why:              “This is an opportunity to continue to bring my talents and skills to improving the livability and sustainability of Oregon communities,” Durbin said. “In this case, it’s Portland.”
Next:              Board Leadership Transition Committee will first work to find interim executive director and will hire a recruitment firm to lead nationwide search.

OEC Board President Lane Shetterly met with Oregon Environmental Council staff this week to discuss his initial thoughts about the transition and search for a new executive director. He explained the process begins with the establishment of a Board Leadership Transition Committee to select an interim director to start in late March while we start a nationwide search for the next executive director.  

Shetterly and OEC Board Vice President Phil Wu told supporters that OEC’s staff is in a strong position with clear direction and programmatic goals for what we intend to accomplish over the next few years on climate protection, toxic-free environments, clean water and pollution-free transportation.

“We are so fortunate to have benefited from Andrea Durbin’s leadership for the past 12 years and are thrilled she will continue to apply her talents to improving the livability and sustainability of Portland,” Mr. Shetterly and Mr. Wu said to donors in an email.

Durbin will exit during the organization’s 51st year, which so far has seen a successful fundraiser, public art installations and events for emerging leaders and for the Board Members and founders who came before us. But most importantly, Durbin has assembled and led a talented team of staff members who advocate in Salem for bills that protect Oregon’s air and water and safeguard our climate (see link below for legislative victories).

“I am excited for OEC and all of you,” Durbin said to staff in an email. “We are in a great place. We have the right team in place to lead the organization forward. We have a very strong and committed Board of Directors who are ready to step up during this leadership transition. And the environmental challenges we are tackling require focus and action — what OEC has demonstrated and delivered for more than 50 years.”

Further reading:
Press release from BPS
OEC legislative summaries
A vision for justice
50 years of #LovingOregon
Organizational and fiscal health
OEC media contacts

Attached Media Files: Andrea_Durbin_press_release.pdf