FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Powers
June 16, 2009
Health Care Committee to Form
Air Quality Workgroup
SALEM, Ore.—Representative Mitch Greenlick (D-NW Portland) today
announced the formation of a workgroup of the House Health Care Committee to
study the health effects of Portland-area air quality. Joining Rep. Greenlick, chair of the
committee, on the workgroup are Representatives Tina Kotek (D-N/NE Portland),
Michael Dembrow (D-NE Portland) and Ben Cannon (D-NE/SE Portland).
Members of the Health Care Committee are wrapping up the
2009 Legislative Session this month and upon adjournment sine die, each will
return home to work on important issues during the interim. The Portland-area members of the
committee decided to form an interim workgroup in response to outcry from
residents who have grown uneasy about air conditions in northern Portland.
have received many calls and emails from constituents in northwest Portland who are concerned
about the negative health effects of poor air quality in the area,” said Rep.
Greenlick. “The workgroup we are
forming in the interim will gather comments and input from the public as well as
findings from experts in these fields.”
recent USA Today report concluded that multiple Portland schools rank in the top first or
second percentile nationwide among schools with poor air quality. “We need to change the reality that
schools in my district rank first in the nation for being located in communities
with very poor air quality,” said Rep. Kotek. “I am eager to work with my
colleagues to find solutions as we look into this important
Representative Dembrow added that many constituents have
been contacting his office about air quality in House District 45, which
stretches from Irvington to Parkrose.
“Not a week goes by that I don’t hear about someone else from Portland who has developed
a respiratory problem. I look
forward to getting to the bottom of this during the interim,” said Rep.
air quality workgroup is slated to convene for several meetings in the late
summer this year in Northwest and North
Members of the public are encouraged to attend each meeting. The committee will announce the setting
of each meeting after the close this session. For more information please please contact Sandy
Thiele-Cirka at (503) 986-1286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.