Governor Kate Brown to Sign Oregon Environmental Protection Act into Law
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown will sign the Oregon Environmental Protection Act into law on Friday, May 24 in Portland. The legislation adopts the federal environmental standards of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts that were in place and effective as of January 19, 2017, before President Trump took office, protecting those standards under Oregon state law even if the federal government rolls the standards back.
“Unfortunately, the Trump administration has relentlessly attacked environmental safeguards that keep our communities healthy and vibrant,” said Governor Brown. “As we sign the Oregon EPA into law, we send a signal to Washington, D.C. that rolling back federal environmental laws only creates uncertainty. By working together with other states, we can take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core laws that protect our environment. This bill is an insurance policy for our children. With this act, they will know that Oregon is not backsliding on its environmental commitment.”
After proposing the Oregon Environmental Protection Act in October, Governor Brown was joined in November by four other Governors who also committed to adopting similar standards in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Washington.