Today is the last day for public comments on Daimler North America's air quality permit. The company has applied to renew its permit for facilities in North Portland.
The Fathom Avenue site has been in operation under various owners for decades. Right now Daimler uses it to produce Western Star trucks. The company has increased production in the past two years.
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The Daimler Truck manufacturing plant in North Portland.
Some residents in the neighborhoods on a bluff directly above the plant say they have deep concerns about what's coming out of the busy plant. Mary Peveto with Neighbors for Clean Air attended a public meeting that drew close to a hundred concerned neighbors last month.
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Mary Peveto, who helped win a voluntary emissions agreement in Northwest Portland, says virtually no information is available about Daimler North America's emissions in North Portland.
"They have as a global entity," Peveto says, "worked hard to reduce the VOC content per gallon of paint or per truck that comes out. But because there are such antiquated emission limits a facility basically allowed to pollute at the same level it did in the 1970s. That has allowed them to increase production and increase the total emissions that the neighborhood bears the brunt of."
Peveto's group is working on a bill that would redefine how the state classifies reduction of toxic emissions. It may get a committee hearing this week.
Neither Daimler nor DEQ responded to requests for comment Friday.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.