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Have you wondered where the carbon-reduction proposals discussed in the Oregon Legislature originate? While policy details can be traced to a variety of origins, many of the conceptual underpinnings of Oregon carbon policy appear to come from the Western Climate Initiative (WCI).

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Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) wants to tell the story of Oregon manufacturers, who are the economic engines and important civic contributors in many communities around the state.

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The annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit will be August 22-23 at the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort in Lincoln City. 

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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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