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Minority Republicans complain about pending shift in regulation of toxic air pollutants from industrial sources, and how governor abruptly fired three sitting members.

SALEM — The Environmental Quality Commission has three new members, a month after Gov. Kate Brown fired three incumbents to make way for them.

But the Oregon Senate confirmed them Tuesday only after minority Republicans voiced their concerns about Brown's abrupt action March 29.

The closest vote of 16-13 was for Molly Kile, an associate professor at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, who specializes in how exposure to chemicals affect public health.

A 19-10 vote confirmed Robert "Wade" Mosby of Lake Oswego, a retired forest products executive.



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