Community solar program inches forward, Oregon threatens to sue EPA and Bullseye Glass has cleaned up.
Regulatory winners and losers dominate today’s news feed.
Regulators set community solar program rules, finally. The Legislature created the program last year requiring utility providers (Portland General Electric and Pacific Power) to buy power from qualifying solar projects. Customers can then purchase solar power. The Portland Business Journal has more.
Oregon threatens another lawsuit. This time the state is joining Washington and 12 others to sue the EPA for violating the Clean Air Act. The states argue EPA Director Scott Pruitt violated the law when he ordered the rule-making process for methane regulations to stop. Read more from OPB.
Speaking of clean air, Bullseye Glass is finally cleared. The Portland glass company spent more than $1 million to lower its toxic air emissions. Bullseye has passed all health guidelines. The company fared well compared to Uroboros Glass, which closed after similar toxic air findings. The Portland Tribune has the story.
Bend mulls burdensome business regulations. The city’s council has scheduled a review of city rules to ensure they don’t burden businesses. A requirement to install a manhole inside a marijuana business sparked the conversation. Find out more from the Bend Bulletin.
Megadairy wins again. The controversial Lost Valley Farm near Boardman can continue operations. Environmentalists and animal rights groups made a last-ditch effort to stop the 30,000-cow dairy with requests for review by state regulators. Their requests were denied. The East Oregonian has the story.
Will the swoosh soon be available at Whole Foods? Nike takes its shoes online. Oregon’s shoe giant has announced a new tentative partnership with Amazon. The Statesman Journal has more.
Food politics: Part II. Editor Linda Baker says the conversation about food has shifted from farm-to-table to identity politics and income inequality.
Thwart hackers with patience and prevention, experts say. Hacking seems ubiquitous. But speakers at a recent cyber security forum said businesses can take simple precautions to prevent attacks.