On a 3-1 vote, the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee sent SB 105, a bill dramatically increasing maximum DEQ civil penalties, to the Senate Floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation. Maximum civil penalties for many ongoing air and water violations will jump from $10,000 per day to $25,000 per day. Although opposing the measure, AOI was successful in having the effective date pushed back to January 1, 2011.
Senators Voting “Yes”:
Jackie Dingfelder, Chair (D – Portland)
Mark Hass, (D – Portland)
Floyd Prozanski, (D – Eugene)
Senators Voting “No” (AOI Position):
Jason Atkinson (R – Grants Pass)
Excused for Military Service:
Brian Boquist (R – Rickreall)
The bill now goes to the Senate floor where it is expected to pass, then over to a House Committee.