Public Comment Requested for Notice of Construction Applications

The following applications for approval of construction or modification of an air pollution source have been received by ORCAA. A formal public comment period will be provided if requested by any person, government agency, group, or the applicant. Applicant: Western Superior Structural Location: Tumwater Description: install a spray booth Type: Notice of Construction – 15NOC1124 Posted: […]

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Wildfires threaten more than forests: Smoke from wildfires creates health risks

The danger from wildfires runs far deeper than the threats to property and structures around the fire itself. Smoke from the uncontrolled burns spreads over great distances, potentially impacting the air quality and health of residents hundreds of miles away. Currently, smoke from wildfires scattered throughout Washington and British Columbia—more than 175 burning in BC […]

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Public Comment Period extended on Proposed Regulation Change

The Board of Directors of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) voted during their July, 2015 Public Hearing to extend the Public Comment period for written comments on proposed changes to ORCAA’s Regulations, Rule 3.4 Outdoor Burning Permit Fees and Rule 6.2.8 Permit Program.The specific changes involve adding language to allow a mechanism for ORCAA to fully enforce the […]

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DNR expands burn ban to prohibit fires and campfires on state lands, parks and forests

With extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state — and forecasts for more of the same — Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark are taking steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Inslee today issued an emergency proclamation for all 39 counties, activating critical resources needed to prevent and […]

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Public Comment Requested for Notice of Construction Applications

The following applications for approval of construction or modification of an air pollution source have been received by ORCAA. A formal public comment period will be provided if requested by any person, government agency, group, or the applicant. Applicant: Interfor US, Inc. Location: Port Angeles Description: install two dual-path continuous dry kilns, increase kiln production capacity, and […]

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Thurston County Residential Outdoor Burning — No New Fee will be charged

Over the course of several weeks, ORCAA staff heard from many residents about the proposals to change the Thurston County Residential Outdoor Burn  program to possibly include fees for the permits. In light of the public comments and upon further reflection, the ORCAA Board of Directors, during their June 10 meeting, voted to accept a staff recommendation that fees […]

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Public Comment Requested for Notice of Construction Applications

The following applications for approval of construction or modification of an air pollution source have been received by ORCAA. A formal public comment period will be provided if requested by any person, government agency, group, or the applicant. Applicant: Miles Sand & Gravel Location: Lacey Description: open a portable rock crushing plant Type: Notice of Construction […]

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Notice of Public Hearing, July 8, 2015

On July 8, 2015, a formal hearing will be held at Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), 2940 Limited Lane NW, in Olympia during their regular scheduled Board meeting beginning at 10:00am. The hearing will address changes to ORCAA’s Regulations, Rule 3.4 Outdoor Burning Permit Fees and Rule 6.2.8 Permit Program.The specific changes involve adding language to allow […]

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Outdoor Burning Open House

  The Washington State Clean Air Act (Chapter 70.94 RCW) requires local air agencies, such as the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), to “reduce outdoor burning to the greatest extent practical.” Rather than prohibit all burning, ORCAA seeks to encourage the use of alternative means of disposal of yard waste materials. A fee-based permit […]

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