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Meet Andrew Rogers, Meteorologist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. After graduating college, I spent three years in Colorado before moving to Portland, where I’ve lived since 2016. What do you do at…

Leslie Riley Air Quality, MFA Staff and Culture
The Revised PM2.5 NAAQS and What It Means for Your Facility

On February 7, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the annual primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or the standard) for fine particulate matter from 12.0 to 9.0 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3). Fine…

Andrew Rogers Air Quality, Local and State Agencies
Facility Odor Issues, Complaints, and Tools to Predict Them

Facility odor issues are very subjective and strangely regulated. For facility property developers looking to build a project, anticipated odors can be a stumbling block to regulatory approval. Additionally, odors can lead to a contentious…

Chad Darby Air Quality, Regulatory Compliance
Updated PSM and RMP Rules Are Coming Soon. Maybe.

  PSM/RMP for the Uninitiated: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforce similar requirements for facilities that have more than the threshold quantity of listed highly…

Bill Beadie, CIH Air Quality, Food Processing, Health & Safety, Regulatory Compliance
DEQ Issues New Air Quality Requirements for Facilities

There’s a new modeling requirement in Oregon not found in the Oregon Administrative Rules or permitting guidance? Yes! On September 1, 2021, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an internal management directive…

Chad Darby Air Quality, Environmental
A Call to Action: Climate Change Mitigation in the Environmental Field

This post was originally written by Tessa Shabram, former MFA Staff Engineer. At MFA, our core purpose is strengthening communities. For many of our projects, strengthening communities involves cleaning up contaminated sites and developing…

Carly Schaefer Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
COVID-19 has revealed our potential as a society to slow climate change—and our shortcomings so far

It’s nearing the end of September, 2020. I have been working from home for more than six months—still feeling unsettled in the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rolling out of bed and immediately beginning my workday had its perks at…

Carly Schaefer Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
Mitigation vs. Adaptation: Two Fundamental Approaches to Climate Resiliency

This post was originally written by Michael Tarbert, former MFA Staff Engineer. Maul Foster & Alongi uses data and science to serve communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. We solve challenging and complex problems in service to…

Carly Schaefer Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
From Writing Textbooks to Solving Complex Problems: MFA Toxicologist Amplifies Research Training

In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to ever-changing mixtures of chemicals, and existing tools for figuring out how these chemical mixtures affect our health are not necessarily comprehensive. This is largely because they do not…

Phil Wiescher, PhD Air Quality, Health & Safety, Sediment, Stormwater
Oregon Air Toxics Level 1 Risk Assessment Tool Now Available

Are you wondering about your site’s Level 1 risk assessment under the proposed Cleaner Air Oregon air toxics rule? MFA can help. MFA has developed a free tool to assist clients with their Level 1 risk assessment under the proposed rules….

Chad Darby Air Quality
Oregon Air Toxics Rulemaking Framework Released

On March 21, 2017, the Oregon DEQ released a draft framework outlining the air toxics program in Oregon. At a high level, the draft…

Chad Darby Air Quality