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Intel seeks DEQ permit

For the first time, Intel has applied for a permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to comply with new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations covering greenhouse gas emissions.

The DEQ is inviting the public to two meetings on the permit application. The first is an informational session that will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St. The second is a formal public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the same location.

Intel officials said the permit application they have submitted is designed to comply with the new regulations.

“Intel has committed to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements wherever we operate. The proposed permit has been built according to EPA’s standards to protect human health and the environment,” said company spokeswoman Chelsea Hossaini.

The DEQ has issued Intel a series of air contaminant discharge permits since the 1980s, when the company opened its first facility in Aloha. Additional permits have been issued to cover its growing Ronler Acres Campus over the years. The new permit is known as a Title V permit.

George Davis with DEQ’s air quality control program in Portland said he expects Intel to qualify for the new permit.



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