Do you want more toxic chemicals in your air?

  • Boeing has petitioned Oregon DEQ to nearly triple the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they emit in NE Portland to 99 tons per year.
  • VOCs have been linked to global warming, cancer, and respiratory ailments such as asthma.
  • Oregon DEQ is reviewing Boeing's petition as you read this.
  • DEQ can require Boeing to capture nearly all these toxic emissions. They will only do so if the community pushes for this.
  • A broad coalition of neighbors, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, environmental groups and political leaders has formed to express our concerns and oppose this increase while there is still time.
  • If you or your neighbors are concerned about the quality of the air in your neighborhood, help us make your concerns known!

The NE Neighbors for Clean Air expects DEQ to hold Boeing to vigorous and maximum environmental standards for the reasons of human health, environmental quality, and environmental justice.

Here's how you can help:

  • Learn more at the Cully Neighborhood website,, in the "News" section.
  • Sign the petition below. Ask your neighbors to sign as well. Return it to the address shown.
  • Contact your political representatives and the media (letters to the editor) and tell them of your concern about this issue.
  • Volunteer to help spread the word to other neighbors and businesses.
  • Express your concern directly to DEQ at:
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Petition to Require Capture of VOCs from Boeing's PDX Airplane Painting Facility

 Boeing has applied for a permit to emit 99 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) per year from its airplane painting facility near NE 47th and Columbia Blvd (4635 NE Cornfoot Road). We believe Oregon DEQ should require Boeing to apply the most effective control technology to capture the maximum amount of emissions (current technologies employed elsewhere in the U.S. are effective in removing over 90% of VOC emissions). At a time when Boeing is making record profits ($2.2 billion net income in 2006), we believe Boeing should support the most effective technology to prevent the potential significant health effects on our community.

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