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DEQ plans open house on Intel air violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting the public to attend an upcoming meeting to update information on the mutual agreement and order DEQ and Intel signed April 23 to address air quality violations.

DEQ staff will explain the enforcement action and proposed monitoring of Intel in the future.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 29. At the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St.

The DEQ’s action included a $143,000 civil penalty against Intel, which manufactures semiconductor devices at two manufacturing plants located in Aloha and Hillsboro, for failing to notify DEQ of its fluorides emissions; failure to obtain a permit to emit fluorides; and beginning construction of new semiconductor facilities at the Ronler Acres Facility in Hillsboro without proper approval.

A copy of the order and related information is available at the DEQ website.

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