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OBI will comment on a new draft of proposed rules under Cleaner Air Oregon at a public hearing during the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) meeting held on July 12 in Portland.

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Justin Green, the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Water Quality Division Administrator, addressed the group on the division’s priorities and progress toward reducing the significant backlog in renewing water permits. 

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Though signatures on some initiative petitions still have to be verified, the Oregon ballot for November became clearer last week with passing of the deadline for submitting initiatives.

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We are pleased to welcome Paloma Sparks and Mike Stober to Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) as directors of government affairs later this month

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Mark your calendars for December 3 and plan to attend the Oregon Leadership Summit at the Oregon Convention Center. 

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As legislators continue working toward carbon-reduction legislation for the 2018 Session, the Governor’s Carbon Policy Office recently took an important step toward including the most-affected businesses in the discussion. 

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A public comment period has opened on the latest Cleaner Air Oregon draft rules for industrial emissions. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) previously accepted public comments in 2017. 

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Trade-exposed businesses face policy challenges on multiple fronts.

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As representatives of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) and other Oregon Business Plan partners toured the state this summer, the goal was to raise awareness of Oregon’s fiscal crisis and to lay a foundation for legislative action in 2019.

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This month the U.S. Department of Labor handed down a rule that expands access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) for small businesses.

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