Stage 1 Burn Ban LIFTED in Thurston County

Due to improved air quality conditions and changing weather, the Stage One Burn Ban has been LIFTED in Thurston County effective at 9 a.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014). A substantial reduction in smoke output due at least in part to the great public response to the called ban, has moved Air Quality conditions back […]

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Stage 1 Burn Ban Called for Thurston County

Stage 1 Burn Ban Called for Thurston County A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 9 a.m. today (Nov. 17, 2014) and continuing until conditions warrant a change. Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even […]

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Wood Smoke Reduction Grant Funding Available

Got a Wood Stove in Thurston County? Get a Heat Pump, or clean-burning natural gas appliance! The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has received a small extension of funding to help residents of Thurston County cities and UGAs replace their old wood stoves and fireplace inserts with new, clean, efficient heat pumps and natural […]

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Public Hearing Slated on Air Operating Permit (AOP) for Nippon Paper Industries USA

Public comment is currently being accepted on the Air Operating Permit (AOP) Renewal for the Nippon Paper Industries USA facility located in Port Angeles, Washington (Nippon). Nippon is an existing paper mill that manufactures lightweight mechanical paper including telephone directory and business communication paper. The mill was originally built in 1920 at the base of […]

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Residential & Land Clearing  Burn Bans Called

Residents who have yard waste to dispose of should look into clean alternatives to burning. Alternatives such as chipping and composting help keep our air clean and healthful. Those alternatives can also be used all summer, unlike burning. Because of wildfire and public safety concerns in our wooded counties, seasonal burn bans take effect this […]

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Fireworks Impact Air Quality

Each year we celebrate our national birthday with colorful bursts of black powder – fireworks which ignite around American neighborhoods on the Fourth of July. These pyrotechnical displays provide brilliant light shows each Independence Day, but they also cause spikes in air pollution levels that may be hazardous to the health of some individuals. The […]

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Public Hearing Slated for ProGlass Permit Application

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) firmly believes in its motto, “Clean Air is Everyone’s Business.” As such, ORCAA seeks to keep everyone within our jurisdiction well informed about the actions­—and proposed actions—we take. What: Public Hearing on ProGlass’ permit application with ORCAA When: 5 p.m., Monday, June 9, 2014 Where: Shelton Civic Center, […]

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ORCAA’s Dr. Odelle Hadley honored with Ecology’s Operator of the Year award

The Washington Department of Ecology today named Dr. Odelle Hadley the 2013 Air Quality Monitoring Operator of the Year. Hadley, the Senior Air Monitoring Specialist for Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), has revamped and modernized ORCAA’s ambient air monitoring program since joining the agency nearly two years ago. “Odelle is the consummate team-player,” said […]

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