News Releases

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Secretary Haaland outlines bold plan for offshore wind leasing

In an effort to meet the Biden administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a plan Wednesday for new offshore wind leasing. Under the plan, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) could hold as many as seven new lease sales in the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts by 2025. 

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

New report: Trouble in the Air: Oregon experienced elevated levels of polluted air in 2020

According to a new report from Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and OSPIRG Foundation, the Portland metro area suffered through 55 days of elevated air pollution in 2020. Eugene experienced 73, and Klamath Falls and Harney County both saw over 100.  Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Report examines America’s waste problem over past 3 years

Every year, the average American throws out nearly 1,800 pounds of trash. Together, Americans throw out enough plastic each year to fill up the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium --- the largest NFL football stadium --- 565 times over. Our new report examines America’s waste problem over the past three years, including the pandemic, and recommends 10 steps the United States should take to build a “zero waste” economy.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Pathogens pose risk at 18 Oregon beaches

With Oregonians returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, 18 Oregon beaches were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day, according to Safe for Swimming? - Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center's annual analysis of bacteria testing. The report comes as Congress considers investments in water infrastructure.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

New report: Oregon and nation are on the verge of a renewable future

Both Oregon and the nation have the capacity to build an energy system around clean, renewable resources, according to a new report released by Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center. The study comes as the Oregon legislature is considering House Bill 2021, which would require Oregon’s major utilities to supply customers with 100% clean electricity by 2040.