SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

January 27, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                          Tapes  5 - 6

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Administrative Support

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) overview

Office of Energy implementation report

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 5, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls the meeting to order at 8:33 a.m.  Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Overview

010

Lauri Aunan

DEQ.  Presents overview of DEQ and key points of DEQ work.  Refers to submitted written material (EXHIBIT A).

040

Aunan

Reviews agency approach to legislative session and agency priorities:

·         Enhance services to draw businesses to Oregon

·         Maintain environmental accomplishments

·         Keep delegation of federal regulation

055

Aunan

Reviews legislative proposals.  Refers to written evaluation of SB 196 (EXHIBIT B) relating to hazardous waste. 

090

Aunan

Discusses fee ratifications in SB 197 (EXHIBIT C).

095

Vice-chair Beyer

Asks about clean water temperature violations in Oregon streams.

100

Aunan

Responds.

105

Vice-chair Beyer

Asks about potential changes to temperature standards.

110

Aunan

Explains.

125

Vice-chair Beyer

Clarifies that DEQ set the standards with federal ratification.

130

Aunan

Offers to return with additional information. 

135

Chair Shields

Asks about Western Oregon rivers which do not meet temperature standards.

137

Aunan

Offers to provide additional information.

140

Sen. Fisher

Expresses concerns over agency insistence on standards which many streams have never attained.

170

Chair Shields

Requests history of temperature standards used by DEQ.

180

Aunan

Offers to set up specific testimony for the committee to cover the issue.  Discusses development of total maximum daily load (TMDL) standards.

215

Chair Shields

Asks about change in levels of pollution from non-point sources over time.

220

Aunan

Discusses.

240

Chair Shields

Comments it measures the effectiveness of DEQ programs.

250

Vice-chair Beyer

Suggests there is now more pollution from non-point sources because point sources have become regulated.

260

Chair Shields

Asks for records of agency programs and regulation of specific pollutants.

265

Aunan

Answers.

275

Chair Shields

Asks about proposed legislation for fee increases.

278

Aunan

Responds.

290

Sen. Fisher

Asks about U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation over other states’ programs.  Expresses concern over increased fees.

295

Aunan

Discusses.  Describes activities and membership of interim work group.

Oregon Office of Energy (OOE) Implementation Report

345

Mike Grainey

OOE Director.  Testifies and discusses statewide efforts to increase and stabilize energy supply in Oregon.  Refers to submitted written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 6, A

005

Grainey

Continues and discusses legislative changes to increase statewide energy supply.

065

Grainey

Discusses biomass energy development.  Refers to submitted report (EXHIBIT E).

140

Grainey

Reports on building of new power plants in Oregon.

155

Grainey

Discusses radioactive material transport and refers to written report (EXHIBIT F).

175

Grainey

Submits and summarizes statewide energy plan (EXHIBIT G).

180

Chair Shields

Asks about restrictions on truck transport of hazardous material.

185

Grainey

Responds.

200

Chair Shields

Asks for information about cost of wind farms.

205

Grainey

Discusses development of resource.

255

Chair Shields

Asks about impact of wind generators on land use.

260

Grainey

Explains evolution of generator equipment.

270

Chair Shields

Asks about development of photo-voltaic energy sources.

275

Grainey

Discusses.

290

Chair Shields

Closes informational meeting.  Adjourns the committee at 9:22 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – DEQ, fact sheet, L. Aunan, 1 p

B – DEQ, SB 196 fact sheet, L. Aunan, 1 p

C – DEQ, SB 197 fact sheet, L. Aunan, 1 p

D – OOE, written testimony, M. Grainey, 2 pp

E – OOE, biomass energy facility directory, M. Grainey, 16 pp

F – OOE, radioactive material transport report, M. Grainey, 10 pp

G – OOE, Oregon energy plan, M. Grainey, 54 pp